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Knut Paasche

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Senior Researcher (NIKU), Member of Scientific Board
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Knut Paasche is an archaeologist and researcher, he is also head of the archaeological department of NIKU. Paasche has been working as an archaeologist now for over 20 years, four of these as county archaeologist in Buskerud county. He has been leading many archaeological excarvation- and registration-projects all around Norway. He has experience with stone age, bronze age, iron age as well as the middle ages with a main focus on the registration of automatically protected outlying cultural heritage sites and the excavation of medieval cities. In addition, he worked four years on ship archaeology and deputized as collection manager at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Later, Paasche, in addition to creating and proposing a new reconstruction of the Tune ship, was leading a research project on a new documentation and reconstruction of the Oseberg ship. His current research focus is primarily on methodological approaches to archaeology, hence the opportunities and technical innovations for improved field documentation: satellite recordings, electronic scanning and geophysical methods. Paasche is furthermore head of the Norwegian part of the "Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological prospection and Virtual Archaeology", and the Miljø 2015-project “1537 kontinuitet eller brudd” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Paasche holds a Master degree in Nordic Archaeology with focus on the middle ages. He has a doctorate and wrote about the documentation and reconstruction of archaeological objects with a reconstruction of the Tune ship as an example.