Historical knowledge

Large research projects

Middle Class Urbanism

Middle Class Urbanism. An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (FKK). The aim with the project is to investigate rapid urbanization processes in sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on the radical transformations of the built environment caused by middle class urbanism.

Tales of Bronze Age People

Tales of Bronze Age People is a “Semper Ardens” interdisciplinary research project, which is a continuation of the ongoing “Tales of Bronze Age Women” research project, both of which are supported by the Carlsberg Foundation. The aim of Tales of Bronze Age People is to shed light on the potential significance that human mobility might have had for the social development that is observed during the Bronze Age. In relation to “Tales of Bronze Age Women”, this new project will expand the investigation of human mobility over the next three years through multi-disciplinary analyses of an additional number of women, as well as men and children from both elite and commoners’ burials. The focus will still be on Danish material. The project is interdisciplinary and uses “state-of-the-art” scientific and physical anthropological methodologies as well as phylogenetic analyses.

Tales of Bronze Age Women

Tales of Bronze Age Women er et 3-årigt tværfagligt forskningsprojekt som undersøger mobilitet, identitet og samfundsroller hos bronzealderkvinder i Danmark. Projektet, som er støttet af Carlsbergfondet, benytter de nyeste forskningsmetoder inden for biomolekylær-, biokemisk-, antropologisk og arkæologisk analyse til at undersøge skeletmaterialet.

The Tumisiut Project

The Tumisiut Project will revitalize the extensive material collected during the Fifth Thule Expedition 1921-1924 in a new and curious process, which will expand our current knowledge and understanding about communities in Arctic Canada, Alaska and Siberia, about the Fifth Thule Expedition, and about the unique ethnographic collection housed by the National Museum of Denmark.

The ArCo project

Arco is a multinational, EU funded research project, dealing with aging related challenges regarding conserved archaeological wood. In Arco, a number of samples of preserved wood treated with different impregnating agents and of different origins will be examined.

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Center for Textile Research (CTR)

The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research (CTR) has since 2010 been an integrated part of the National Museum of Denmark. CTR explores 2010-2015 the connection between textile/skin, environment and society. In the research programme Textile Crafts and Cultures the unique collections of textile and skin costumes at the National Museum of Denmark dated to the Bronze and Early Iron Age will be explored.

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Pre-Christian Cult Sites

Pre-Christian Cult Sites is a research project on the pagan religion of the Iron Age and Viking period.Over a five year period the aim is to examine and describe the development of the pre-Christian religion in the first millennium AD in an international, interdisciplinary collaboration involving both humanistic and scientific disciplines.

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The Serampore Initiative

The Serampore Initiative of the National Museum of Denmark aims at ensuring the preservation of the physical remains of the Indo-Danish history in Serampore. By partaking in preservation collaborations, the Initiative also wishes to explore and promote knowledge of the joint cultural heritage related to Serampore.

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The Jelling Project

The Jelling Project is a research and publicity project, which centres on the unique monuments at Jelling - a compound with individual parts, that mark both the transition from paganism to Christianity and the establishment of Danish royal power in the Viking Age. The aim is to explore the transformation that Danish society underwent during the Viking Age and early Middle Ages under strong influence from abroad.

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SILA – Arctic Centre

SILA – Arctic Centre at The Ethnographic Collections, The National Museum of Denmark was established in 1999 to carry out archaeological research in the Arctic and North Atlantic regions.

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The Ghana Initiative

The Ghana Initiative at the National Museum of Denmark is a joint project to investigate the shared cultural heritage of Denmark and Ghana and communicate knowledge of this shared history.

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Pots, Potters & Society in Ancient Greece

Pots, Potters & Society in Ancient Greece is a 5 year research project (2008-12) at the Collection of Classical and Near Eastern Antiquities, The National Museum of Denmark. The project is funded by the General Consul Gösta Enbom Foundation and The National Museum.

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Cross-disciplinary focal research area

Northern Worlds

The National Museum has launched its largest cross-disciplinary research programme: 'Northern Worlds'. From 2009 to 2013 the initiative will undertake research and interpretation and propagate new knowledge of the relations between man, climate and environment from the Ice Age hunters to the present day populations in the cold regions.

Read more about the research programme 'Northern Worlds'.

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