Project to locate and excavate the royal manor at Avaldsnes, along with other archaeology and research connected to the historical Avaldsnes region.


Since the Avaldsnes Project was established in 1992, it has been a goal to initiate research and exploration of the royal manor area.

During the period 1992-2006 the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger did a number of test excavations and registrations.

Based on an overall evaluation the Royal Manor Project was established in 2007. The Royal Manor Project is led by Professor Dagfinn Skre, Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. The project is a collaboration between the Museum of Cultural History UiO, Karmøy Municipality, Archaeological Museum UiS, Rogaland County Municipality, University of Cambridge and NIKU.

The Royal Manor Project is based on test excavations conducted by the Archaeological Museum, University of Stavanger in the period 1992-2006.

The main research aim of the Royal Manor Project is to investigate the royal manors’ position in the early Norwegian kingdom, as well as in the kingdom’s prehistory in the first millennium AD.

The research team will also place Avaldsnes in a context that makes the farm’s more than a thousand year long history as a royal residence understandable and meaningful; locally, nationally and internationally.

Since 1998, Stavanger Maritime Museum has conducted marine archaeological investigations in the harbour area at Avaldsnes. Archaeological Museum, Stavanger has also been involved in investigating structures on land that may be related to harbour activities.

There have been many exciting and important discoveries both on land and in the sea, especially from the Hanseatic period. The Hanseatic presence at Avaldsnes was from about 1350 to 1500. In November 2012 marine archaeologists set out to find the geographical boundaries of the Hanseatic harbour area at Avaldsnes. They found instead the outer harbour of The Royal Manor’s activities. Until now we can follow this back to the 1100s. We do not know yet the extension of this royal harbour.

In 2009, the “Harbour Project” at Avaldsnes was connected with the project “Hanseatic Trade in the North Atlantic”, a collaboration between the University of Vienna and Queen’s University in Belfast.


Communication has been – and will be – important for the Avaldsnes project. It has been a stated goal that the knowledge we get through our research programmes, shall be communicated to a wide audience through exhibitions in Nordvegen History Center, historic seminars, books, articles, media etc.

We have also established a “RESEARCH ROOM” in Nordvegen History Centre where we want to provide continuous dissemination of the new knowledge that emerges through inter alia The Royal Manor Project and The Harbour Project.

Street address: 
Nordvegen Historiesenter, Kong Augvalds veg 103, 4262 Avaldsnes

Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.