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Where Technology meets Archaeology 

It is large, red, and drives around the field on its own in search of archaeological traces no one can see. No, it's not part of the Transformers universe, but an entirely new type of ground-penetrating radar robot. This spring, archaeologists from NIKU are using a revolutionary new technology to search for unknown cultural heritage sites. The technology promises increased efficiency, environmentally friendly solutions, and more accurate mapping of cultural heritage sites underground.

Innovative Technology: Robot to Find Norway’s Hidden Cultural Heritage

The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) and AutoAgri are launching a revolutionary self-driving ground penetrating radar (GPR) for archaeological survey. The technology promises increased efficiency, climate friendly solutions, and accurate mapping of hitherto undiscovered cultural heritage.

Using GPR to Shed Light on State Formation, National Unification and Religious Change in Norway

Last autumn, archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) discovered traces of previously unknown graves and settlement activity at several locations along Trondheim Fjord. They hope that these discoveries can shed light on state formation, national unification and religious change in Norway a thousand years ago.

Rare rune finds in Oslo

In the last week before Christmas two runic inscriptions were unearthed during excavations in Oslo’s old town. One inscription is carved on bone and this is the first bone with runes found in Oslo in more than forty years. The second is carved on wood and contains a religious text in both Norse and Latin.