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Private Metal Detecting and Archaeology in Norway

Jostein Gundersen / Josephine M. Rasmussen / Ragnar Orten Lie
Published Online: 2016-10-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2016-0012

Abstract

Metal detecting has become a popular hobby in Norway. The use of metal detectors is legal, as long as one has the landowner‘s permission, and complies with the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act. As in other countries, the relationship between private metal detecting and archaeology is complex. The perspectives and experiences of archaeologists and heritage management representatives in regard to what challenges and positive effects that arise from private metal detecting varies greatly. With this article we wish to address various sides of the relationship openly.

Keywords: archaeology; private metal detecting and archaeology; cultural heritage management; Norway; Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act

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About the article

Received: 2016-03-01

Accepted: 2016-07-21

Published Online: 2016-10-14


Citation Information: Open Archaeology, Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2016-0012.

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