Silje Hårstad

I developed a special interest for Archeology from an early age. My first memory is from when I was seven years old and found a pot shard in the potato fields at the farm where I grew up.

The shard was probably no older than a couple of decades, but this first taste of Archaeology inspired me to pursue an academic career within Cultural Heritage. This resulted in a Bachelor Degree in Cultural Heritage Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a Master in Archaeology from the same University, graduating in spring 2012. I’m currently working on a Stone Age excavation site in the southern-Norway for the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.

My Bachelor in Cultural Heritage Management offered a variety of different subjects, History, Museology, Museum Interpretation, Exhibition design, Cultural Heritage Law and Archeology. My final bachelor thesis discussed the role museums play in influencing audience attitudes to difficult topics, the case study being a permanent exhibition on deaf history in Norway at Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum. My Master Thesis was on the occurrences of hand prints in a cave known as Cueva Manitas in the state of Yucatán, Mexico.

My interests in the field of cultural heritage are diverse, as shown by the wide range in Thesis topics, and they are steadily increasing as I get involved with new topics.