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Crucifix from the Post Office Tax
Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU University Museum

Medieval Exhibition

Kaupmannastretet was Trondheim's first commercial street. You can experience the street as it was 800 years ago in the NTNU University Museum’s medieval exhibition. Several other archaeological objects are also included in the exhibition.

Experience Trondheim as it was 800 years ago

This exhibition gives you the opportunity to experience Trondheim town as it looked more than 800 years ago. We have recreated the city's first commercial street, Kaupmannastretet, with houses and streets at almost full size.

The medieval town has been recreated based on archaeological discoveries and building remains found under Trondheim's streets. The moist soil has preserved clothes, shoes, toys, cups and vessels in such good condition that they could almost be mistaken for being from the present.

Parts of the silver found in the "Posthustomta" (Post Office plot) on Dronningens gate in Trondheim are on display in the exhibit. The silver was probably buried in the soil after about 1035 AD, since the youngest coin dates from then. In total, the find includes 964 silver coins from different countries, although not everything is exhibited. The discovery was made in connection with an expansion of the Post Office in the middle of Trondheim in 1950. The silver was found along with two crucifixes and two silver links. The two crucifixes are on display.

The exhibition also includes archaeological objects, including the Kuli stone rune stone, which is on the list of UNESCO's Memory of the World program. The rune inscription tells us "twelve winters had Christianity been in Norway ...", and is one of the earliest testimonies regarding the introduction of Christianity in the country. The stone is referred to as Norway's baptismal certificate since this is the first time that the use of the name "Nóregi" - "Norway" is known to have been used.