Institute of Archaeology


Environmental archaeology in Norway

Richard Macphail has been involved in interdisciplinary environmental archaeology studies in Vestfold, southern Norway, along the E-18 highway route, which includes associated site studies of prehistoric and medieval settlements. Sites investigated include cooking pits, long houses, grave mounds, colluvium and wetland.

Soil micromorphology is specifically combined with soil chemical and macrofossil studies undertaken by colleagues at Umeå University, Sweden (Roger Engelmark, Johan Linderholm, Karin Viklund), in order to produce collaborative publication chapters in Varta.

This research project has included fieldwork and laboratory investigations, with meetings at Oslo, Umeå, and Moesgard Museum, Aarhus and also at UCL.

Related outputs

  • Varta 2011 Popular book (in Norwegian)
  • 14th International Working Meeting on Soil Micromorphology (IWMSM), as well as the Workshop of the Archaeological Soil Micromorphology Working Group, both held in Spain in July 2012.
  • International Soil Archaeological Soil Micromorphology Workshop 18-22nd May 2011.


  • Kulturhistorisk Museum and Oslo University, Norway