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Recent updates:

Prescott, Christopher and Atle Omland 2012: Plyndring og handel med kulturminner. Spor (1): 18-21.

Omland, Atle 2011:
Ambivalent praktisering av statlig eierskap i arkeologiske gjenstander. Nordisk Museologi (2): 19- 47.

New book by Atle Omland!
Read flyer  in English or Norwegian.

Omland in media:

"Tror steinen har gjort dem gravide", NRK Nordland, November  15, 2010

"Liten og god". Helgeland Arbeiderblad, November 5, 2010.

"-Unik historie. Arkeolog bruker fallosen på Dønna i forskningsprosjekt". Helgelands Blad, October 29, 2010.


Atle Omland
Born 1972
Currently living in Oslo
Grew up in Kvinesdal, Vest-Agder, Norway
Post-doc in archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
(September 2008-September 2012)

I am an archaeologist with main research interest in  heritage issues, folklore and local interests in archaeological monuments, management of archaeological artefacts, World Heritage, cultural property issues, history of archaeology.

List of publications

Profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway)

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Public interests in archaeological artefacts
In Norway, several important principles for managing archaeological artefacts were established through the adoption of the first Cultural Heritage Act of 1905. For my post-doc project (Sept. 2008-2012), I researched how archaeologists and members of the public today assess these principles.
Read more about this research.

Cultural heritage and "value creation"
In Norway, "value creation" and cultural heritage has become a hot issue the last years. In May 2007, I co-organized a Nordic workshop on the topic. 
Read the book from the workshop published by Nordic Council of Ministers

Folklore about burial mounds in Agder, Norway
My Ph.D. project (2001-2004) was on folklore about burial mounds in Agder, South-Norway. Thesis defended September 2007 at the University of Oslo.
Read more about this research.

The concept of a common World Heritage
My two masters in archaeology had to do with the UNESCO World Heritage Convention of 1972. Read my thesis in English or Norwegian, or an interview given to the newspaper Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian).

Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan
Some time after the Taliban came into power a collection of Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan were acquired by The Schøyen Collection. This web-page presents the current debate concerning the ownership of these manuscripts. OBS! Currently, this page is not being updated.