Wooden building NIKU's archaeologists remove a medieval wooden building from the route of the Follo Line railway

The Follo Line Project

The new Follo Line railway between Oslo and Ski will go through the remains of Oslo’s medieval town, in an area dominated by railway infrastructure since the 1870s. From 2013 to 2018, NIKU’s archaeologists investigated the route in preparation of the forthcoming construction of the railway culvert.

The archaeological investigations were the biggest in Oslo’s medieval town for over a hundred years, and revealed a large number of buildings, streets, and other infrastructure such as wells, drainage systems, traces of farmland, and property divisions – as well as thousands of artefacts.

NIKU is still carrying out other, smaller archaeological investigations related to the Follo Line project, outside of the main route of the railway culvert.

NIKU’s post-excavation work in connection with the Follo Line project is scheduled to continue into 2021.

  • Status
    In progress
  • Client
    Bane NOR
Graves from St. Nicholas' Church Osteoarchaeologist Anne Østergaard Jensen excavates a skeleton from a double grave.
Wall Stone wall from the Middle Ages - perhaps from the Bishop's Palace?
Street Medieval street in Oslo
Medieval wall The archaeologists believe that this stone wall is from the Bishop's Palace.
Cleaning It is important to clean the surfaces of walls - there may be mason's marks or tool marks hidden under the dirt.
A knight in shining armour Found on the excavation field. A similar figurine is at the Museum of London.
A whetstone puzzle Putting together parts of a medieval whetstone
A loomweight Archaeologist Solfrid Granum studying a loomweight.

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