Authored by: Berit J. Sellevold

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415588577
eBook ISBN: 9780203838716
Adobe ISBN: 9781136879562


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The systematic excavation, investigation and storing of ancient skeletal remains in Norway began more than 150 years ago when the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Monuments in Norway (Fortidsminneforeningen) made the first archaeological investigations in an ancient monument in 1851. The first skeletal parts to be salvaged for future scientific study were two skulls from the mediaeval Cistercian monastery ruins at Hovedøya in Oslo. These skulls were the first ‘archaeological’ finds of human remains to be incorporated in the growing skeletal collection at the newly established University of Oslo.

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