Et forsvar for hus som har kommet i knestående


  • Reidar Bertelsen UiT The Arctic University of Norway



kulturminneforvaltning, kulturminnevern, bygningsvern, bygninger i forfall, forfallets verdi


Norwegian cultural heritage management is based on a developed and strict legislation. The administration is placed under the Ministry of Environment and the different categories of cultural heritage are handled by a professional staff with different academic backgrounds, relevant to the categories. The ideology of cultural heritage management has changed through time and the present motto is “Vern gjennom bruk” (Protection through use).

The legislation, the categories linked to different academic disciplines, the motto and the influence of the demands derived from a modern lifestyle add up to an interesting contrast in the handling of buildings. Priority is given to buildings in a relatively stable condition of decay, called archaeological sites, and to buildings with a potential for use in a modern context after reconstruction, called architectural monuments.

Buildings between these two categories, especially those that are in a state of dynamic decay, are in general ignored or destroyed. This paper discusses the resources we overlook by this policy and practice of management. The author argues that an exposure of the process of dynamic decay has a potential for a deeper understanding of both history and cultural heritage.

Author Biography

Reidar Bertelsen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

(f. 1946) er professor emeritus i arkeologi ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet, Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning, Institutt for arkeologi og sosialantropologi. Han var ansatt ved UiT fra 1975 til og med 2013, fra 1991 som professor. Hovedarbeidsfeltet er historisk arkeologi, men han har også vært aktiv innen forskning på kulturminneforvaltning.




How to Cite

Bertelsen, Reidar. 2015. “Et forsvar for hus som har kommet i knestående”. Nordlit, no. 36 (December):201–210.