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BEAM – Biological Environmental and Archaeological inter-disciplinary research on life-course, Material and materiality in human depositions.

BEAM focuses on illuminating and making visible the information potential of bioarchaeological material, primarily that of the collections of the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger.

Picture of a researcher showing old bones at the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger. Sean D. Denham showing bones at Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger.

The first step in this process is uncovering and identifying this material, where relevant already in the field, and then attempting to understand what factors play a critical role in that material’s degradation or conservation in diverse contexts and situations, from field to storeroom/exhibition.

The general research theme is how to best recover and manage knowledge about living conditions, living environment and the life cycle through the use of new analytical methods on various types of old and degraded bioarchaeological materials. A further, critical goal is engaging the public in a dialogue about research on materials and materiality and the knowledge this both requires and provides. BEAM is a cross-disciplinary group of natural scientists, archaeologists, conservators and public outreach experts that will draw upon each other's expertise, stimulate each other towards innovation and work together to develop new, externally funded projects on the forefront of cultural heritage research.

Programe leader: 
Hege Ingjerd Hollund - Associate professor, conservation science, Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger