“Per Storemyr Archaeology & Conservation” is an independent, one-man firm established in Switzerland in 2010 and since 2014 based in Norway (Hyllestad on the West Coast). I’m a geoarchaeologist and conservation scientist (PhD) with 25 years of experience within cultural heritage. On this site you can read my blog (home), learn about my services and research or find out who my clients and partners are. As a member of ICOMOS, I’m committed to working for a sustainable cultural heritage, following international standards and principles.
Educated as an ore geologist in the 1980s, I soon moved to weathering and conservation of historic stone buildings, in which field I received my PhD in 1998 (at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway). This primary interest was widened in the 1990s, when I took up research on the archaeology and conservation of ancient stone quarries, particularly in Egypt and Norway. I have spent some 20 field seasons in Egypt and on discovering rock art in the desert, I became so fascinated that I now have to count this field to my interests as well.
In short, my current services are naturally related to my research interests – to the archaeology of old stone; to quarries, monuments and rock art. And to their weathering, decay and conservation.
In July 2014 I moved with my family to Hyllestad in West Norway to take up work as an Associate Professor with the Museums in the Sogn and Fjordane county (Musea i Sogn og Fjordane), and its department Norsk Kvernsteinsenter (Norwegian Millstone Centre). This is a part-time position related to the development of Norsk Kvernsteinsenter.
Over the years I have worked at several universities, cultural heritage institutions and other organisations in Norway and Switzerland. I still have cooperation with some of them:
- The Restoration Workshop of Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
- The Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway
- CSC Conservation Science Consulting, Fribourg, Switzerland
My firm also has an agreement of cooperation with the Norwegian conservation company “Bakken & Magnussen AS” (their website is under construction).
If you have a question or a potential project, please see the contact page. I will do my best to answer, develop a sound investigation programme or redirect you to colleagues that may help.