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Research at the Museum of Archaeology

Research is an essential part of the profile of the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger.

Picture of a bead with a face. This bead is made of mosaic glass and a tiny human face is inlaid as part of the pattern. This one was found in a woman's grave at Byrkja in Hjelmeland. Foto: Terje Tveit, Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger.

About 33 members of staff have an academic background in the arts or sciences, covering the fields of botany, quaternary geology and meteorology, in addition to archaeology, history and ethnology. The museum has modern laboratory equipment.

The Museum of Archaeology as a cultural institution aims to take its social responsibility seriously by contributing to critical reflection and discourse on major global societal challenges related to the environment, climate change, natural disasters, migration and cultural conflicts. Having a knowledge of our cultural history is important and relevant to these challenges. Understanding and knowledge of the past and about people and their environment in a long-term perspective is a necessary starting point and provides an extra dimension to today’s complex society. This has been a common thread in the museum’s strategies through the years and is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.

The museum’s main avenues of research are besides archaeology in general, the first pioneers, homestead and farmstead, landscape and settlement history, climate history, historical archaeology, rock carvings/ petroglyphs, soil chemistry and gender and childhood perspectives.

The Museum has established comprehensive networks regionally, nationally and internationally with partner institutions and regularly holds conferences, often in collaboration with other sponsors.