The Museum of Cultural History is part of the University of Oslo and houses one of Norway’s largest collections of archaeological artifacts, including the Oseberg find. The Oseberg find, excavated in 1904, represents one the most important collection of Viking Age objects in the world. The collection includes a number of different textiles, reaching from simple wool fabrics to precious silk embroideries. The fabrics are fragmented and in a fragile condition today. The TexRec project focuses on the over 80 fragments belonging to several different tapestries. The tapestry fragments show scenes with finely crafted human figures, weapons, animals, carriages and houses, as well as geometric symbols. This collection is one of a kind and the fragments therefore constitute a unique source of knowledge about Viking Age design, mythology and textile technology. The researcher will work mainly with two tasks: Investigation of the structure and chemical composition of the remaining fibres with the aim to elucidate deterioration processes on a molecular level; Preparation of a glue made from a class of highly charged recombinant peptides (super charged unfolded protein polymers (SUP)) and study its application for conservation purposes.
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