The biological anthropology has a long tradition as a self-contained unit and research area at the University of Oslo. It now includes the field of forensic anthropology, which is a rather new discipline in Norway.
The anthropological section still provides service for the archaeological museums by analyzing bone finds (skeletons or cremations). During the last 40 years about 4-5000 finds have been analyzed.
The expertise in analyzing bones leads to a close collaboration with the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the UiO and the police – about 20-30 commissions every year. The long term goals are to improve the understanding of the age related changes in the skeleton, and to an increasing extent benefit from new biochemical methods in our analyses.