Melkoya as it was presented
to look after completed construction of gas plant
for the project
The Norwegian oil company Statoil
is going to build an installation for liquid natural
gas (LNG) at Melkoya outside Hammerfest. As a part
of the preliminary investigations the Cultural Department
of the Regional Authorities registered the cultural-historical
remains on the island in 1999.
Archaeological remains, pre-war
buildings and remains from the German activity on
the island during WW2 were registered and documented.
The age of the prehistoric remains stretches over
thousands of years, from Early Stone Age (ca 7000-5000
BC) to Early Iron Age (ca. 300 AD).
The Museum of Tromso is responsible
for the protection and maintenance of prehistoric
remains in Northern Norway and is now conducting archaeological
excavations on Melkoya. The excavations are financed
by Statoil. This is due to norwegian law concerning
cultural heritage, where pre-reformation remains and
Saami remains older than 100 years are protected.
Statoil applied for, and was granted, dispensation
from the law providing that they financed the expenses
of the investigations. More information on Statoil's