Christopher PrescottThe dynamic demographics of Northern Europe should encourage  archaeology and heritage to re-examine narratives and practices. This talk discusses Norway's capital, Oslo, as a case study.  Archaeology and cultural heritage has had minor impact on immigrant communities in Norway, and students and professionals are largely recruited among Northern Europeans. Surveys indicate that practices and attitudes vary between immigrant communities, in part depending on where they originated. These surveys concerning museums and studies of educational choices in Oslo allow us to generate some hypotheses. Traditional national and ethnic narratives are probably out of step with contemporary society, and there are probably institutions in some immigrant communities that discourage participation in the cultural heritage sector.
Christopher Prescott is presently director of the Norwegian Institute in Rome (2017-2020), and is Professor of archaeology at the University of Oslo. He has had field projects in Scandinavia and Sicily, and written about Mountain Archaeology in Norway, Neolithication, early copper use in Scandinavia, the Nordic Dagger period and Bronze Age, the history of archaeology, the relationship between humanities and science, and cultural heritage. In regard to the latter he has been particularly interested in the looting in war-torn regions and the illicit trade in antiquities, as well as the challenge globalization poses to archaeological perceptions and practices.