Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (, NIKU) is a cultural heritage research institute based in Oslo, Norway.

The institute has nearly 80 employees and regional offices in Bergen, Trondheim, Tønsberg and Tromsø. Following a restructuring in 2014 it consists of 7 research departments:

* Archaeological Excavations * Digital Documentation * Conservation * Buildings * Urbanism and Planning * Policy, Management and Society * High North

The chair is Knut Grøholt and the deputy chair is Berit Skarholt. The current director general is Carsten Paludan-Müller.

NIKU was created in 1994 as a split from the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. From 1994 to 2003, the institute shared board of directors with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research under the moniker NINA•NIKU.

In 2019, archaeologists from NIKU, using large-scale high-resolution georadar technology, determined that a 17 meter long Viking ship was buried beside Edøy Church on the island of Edøya. Traces of a small settlement were also found. NIKU estimates the ship's age as over 1,000 years: from the Merovingian or Viking period. The group plans to conduct additional searches in the area. A similar buried ship was found previously by a NIKU group in 2018, in Gjellestad. Provided by Wikipedia