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Cultural history

Leaving tracks − with words

Scandinavians left more than just archaeological artefacts when they conquered parts of the British Isles − the Scottish language is full of it.

Controversy over mass graves in the North

In 1915, ninety-four Sami skeletons were dug up in a town in northern Norway and sent to Oslo. The decision to repatriate and rebury the skeletons has been controversial.

Secrets in the cemetery

A grave is like a time capsule. Archaeologists literally burrow into them to get insights into past beliefs and religious conceptions.

The Sami never sold their souls

From the middle of the 1800s to the end of the Second World War, it was possible to see living Sami people on exhibit.

Treasures in farm mounds

In North Norwegian farm mounds archaeologists unearth layer upon layer, revealing activities going back to the days of the Vikings. These are now threatened by construction and a warmer climate.

Legacy of a dexterous northerner

Tromsø University Museum has a rocking chair of unknown origin, which demonstrates the handicraft of ordinary people.