Environmental archaeology in Norway

Detail of twigwood charcoal at base of cooking pit fill

Utgravningsleder E-18 prosjektet Gulli Langåker at Universitetet i Oslo

Microprobe map (Phosphorous-P) of Lok-9 1090103 showing layers rich in phosphate (burned dung) and areas of low concentration (unburned dung, clay)

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

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Project Partners:

  • IoA/UCL-Umeå University (Sweden) collaboration with Kulturhistorisk Museum and Oslo University, Norway (and other Scandinavian institutions)


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