Geophysical archaeology and research

Digital archeology is not just about discovering, recording and documenting cultural heritage, but of course also working on the findings that arise through archaeological field work. Since 2010, NIKU has worked intensively with the development and use of geophysical surveys within archaeology. First, with less than one channel’s systems, and later with the international research project LBI ArcPro and larger multi-channel motorized systems.

From at first just glimmers of burial mounds in the data sets, we have now come to where we pick out details such as post holes, shelters, wall ditches and more at the archaeological sites. In addition to working on the development of technology, several of the county authorities now use geophysics as part of the daily registration work in connection with the planning work.

The next step is to better utilize the archaeological results to write history as well. From this site you can follow our research activities related to digital archaeology.

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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.