Private Metal Detecting and Archaeology in Norway

Jostein Gundersen 1 , Josephine M. Rasmussen 2  and Ragnar Orten Lie 3
  • 1 Directorate for Cultural heritage, N-0034 Oslo, Norway
  • 2 Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 3 Vestfold County Administration, N-3103 Tønsberg, Norway

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.

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