Farming has existed for centuries in Norway. In those locations where the farm itself has existed for a long time, a farmmound can be found. These mounds consist of the remains of older farm buildings, the direct surroundings and remains of land use. Many of these farmmounds are still in use, others are abandoned.
Farmmounds are a protected type of archaeology in Norway, many are registered as a monument. The preservation status of most is however unknown. Some visible monitoring occurs, which is limited to the surface. Monitoring of the underground is needed, and this project In Situ Farms addressed the first steps in monitoring. At current we have two farmmounds under monitoring, and are working a related stone age site in the Northern part of Norway. First years of monitoring show that the farmmounds in general are preserved, but under threat of groundwater flow, some desication and possibly change of land management. The results have been published in Vandrup Martens et al, 2016 and other publications.