The Norwegian part of the archaeological LBI project is headed by The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage – Archaeology Department
NIKU is an autonomous non-profit research body of expertise in archaeology, history, conservation and ethnology, and is dedicated to cultural monuments and sites both nationally and internationally. The respective departments employ a total of 25 archaeologists. Additionally an internal GIS and surveying unit consisting of selected members from the other departments has been established. NIKU has specialised in developing advanced methodology and approaches to non-destructive documentation for the monitoring and evaluation of archaeological sites and landscapes using aerial and terrestrial laser scanning. Various attempts have been made at combining methods and technology such as satellite data, laser scanning, geophysics as well as more traditional methods such as surveying, GIS and map regression.
It has become obvious that the full potential of these methods can only be realised through an integrated approach, and their deployment on large-scale, long-term archaeological projects. Further development of these methods and a theoretical framework will be the primary contribution to the LBI. Therefore the main expertise and experience will be contributed to large-scale research projects in Norway together with the LBI. The aim for NIKU is to take an active part in the LBI which will provide a better integration of its expertise as part of a wider international research environment to further develop these methods into practical and efficient tools. NIKU will provide access to technology such as laser scanners and geophysical equipment, as well as access to large-scale data sets such as satellite data and ALS data for the LBI. In addition, NIKU will provide the LBI with direct access to research and heritage management networks all over Norway.