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Sampling for research purposes

Sampling for research purposes (dating and scientific analysis) of artefacts and anthropological, zoological or other types of organic material held by the National Museum of Denmark.

Guidelines for applicants

  1. The National Museum’s application form should be completed and sent to the relevant museum department. 

  2. When permission has been granted, sampling of the artefact(s) or material should be arranged with the relevant museum curator. The National Museum’s Department of Conservation and Science is responsible for taking samples from museum artefacts – standard rates apply. Sampling of material deposited at the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Universty of Copenhagen (Panum Building) and the Natural History Museum of Denmark is the responsibility of the staff of these institutions. If samples are required from artefacts etc. deposited at/on loan to other museums, the application for this should be sent to the relevant department of the National Museum, with a copy to the museum in question.

  3. Any surplus sample material should be returned to the National Museum when the analysis has been undertaken.

  4. The results of the analysis must be reported to the National Museum with 12 months.

  5. The results must be published within five years. Undergraduate and PhD theses are not considered as publications.

  6. On publication, involved scientists from the National Museum should be included as co-authors or, in the case of minor cases, credited accordingly. Agreement on this should be reached at the same time as agreement to sample.

  7. If the results have not been published within the five-year period, the National Museum reserves the right to use the results in its own research.

  8. The application form, together with relevant appendices, should be submitted as PDF-files and should reach the National Museum at least three months prior to the date for the intended sampling.

  9. Applicants can expect a definitive reply to their application within two months of submission.
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