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Ny bok: “Nidarosdomens grunnfjell”. En kulturhistorisk reise i steinbryternes fotspor

Da er det visst offisielt. Og da er en god del års arbeid over. Boken min er i trykken og det blir lansering med foredrag under selveste Olavsfestdagene i Trondheim 30. juli 2015, kl. 12:30.

Boken er en 400 sider lang kulturhistorisk reise i stein – fra Det gamle Egypt og enda lengre tilbake, via romertid og middelalder, helt frem til vår egen tid. Alltid med Nidarosdomen i fokus. Nokså tåket fokus i de riktig gamle dager, naturlig nok, da grunnfjellet til domen ble lagt i et utall steinbrudd under helt andre himmelstrøk enn våre egne. Men så forsvinner tåken mer og mer fra jernalderen og tidlig middelalder – fra da av dreier det seg om det regionale grunnfjellet: steinbruddene som ble brukt til å bygge og restaurere Europas nordligste katedral. Og om steinbryterne som jobbet i bruddene. Hvor er alle disse steinbruddene – og hvem jobbet egentlig i dem?

Jeg kommer tilbake med en utførlig omtale av boken, som blir utgitt av Nidaros Domkirkes Restaureringsarbeiders forlag i samarbeid med Norges geologiske undersøkelse. Boken er støtter av Norsk faglitterær forfatter- og oversetterforening. Continue reading

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Ten quarries of Ancient Egypt: 1 – Wadi Abu Qureya soapstone quarry

2012 was the first year since 1999 that I was not able to spend one or two or three field seasons in Egypt, exploring ancient quarries, rock art and generally some of the world’s most fascinating archaeology. So I have … Continue reading

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Good stone doesn’t change its location!

There have been few new posts on my blog recently. But there is a very good reason for this apparent laziness, since I’m now writing a book about stone. Or, to be more correct, a book about the cultural history … Continue reading

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Experimental archaeology: The traditional way of quarrying soapstone

Experimental archaeology in old building stone quarries is a rare activity. But not so for Norwegian stone carver Eva Stavsøien. She asked herself how soapstone was extracted in the Middle Ages. Bringing handmade pickaxes, she went to an abandoned quarry … Continue reading

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Where does the stone at Nidaros Cathedral come from?

Stone to the northernmost of Europe’s great cathedrals was provided from no less than 50 different quarries across Norway and to some extent from elsewhere in Europe. But there are great differences between the medieval building period (11th to 14th … Continue reading

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Cooperation with Norwegian conservation company

An agreement of cooperation has been signed with the Norwegian conservation company “Bakken & Magnussen AS” in Trondheim, Norway. The idea is to expand the competence of the conservation company with services related to conservation science and geoarchaeology. Bakken & … Continue reading

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New quarries discovered in Central Norway

This summer Tom Heldal (Geological Survey of Norway) and I went on one of our occasional trips to look for old quarries. The aim was to find a marble quarry by the farms Lenn and Fröset in Sparbu close to … Continue reading

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New publications 2009-2010

Though published some months ago, I would like to briefly present four of my most recent publications. Two derives from the EU QuarryScapes project, two from a conference last year in Trondheim about new research at Nidaros Cathedral.

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