Participation as external advisor for planned research project 'Cultural Heritage in Outfields' (Utmarkas Kulturminne) with colleagues from Norwegian and Swedish heritage institutions and research institutes.
Activity: Other › Types of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation
Cultural heritage in outfields is defined as traces of earlier human use of forest areas, mountains and coastal stretches. These parts of Norway’s cultural heritage are currently vulnerable to being lost due to factors such as insufficient knowledge about earlier use, changes in land use, increasingly major infrastructure development, natural changes and climate change. The project will focus on post-Reformation cultural heritage, which is not subject to the same legal protection as older cultural heritage, except for Sami cultural heritage, which is automatically protected after 100 years. The project will study historical usage, management history in its narrower sense, and current management of cultural heritage in the outfields. The project will use a comparative approach to study areas under different management authorities and regimes. This involves selecting areas to study from among Norway’s various municipalities, counties and national parks for mutual comparison, as well as selecting corresponding coastal and inland areas in the neighbouring countries of Scotland and Sweden in order to view Norwegian management in perspective.