With the arrival of Heather and Sue, the coring team has morphed into the pollen team! For the last week we’ve been coring at Meðalheimur, finding locations with good tephra sequences. So far we’ve finished taking samples from four 1×1 units at different locations around the farm – we have one more to finish up tomorrow before we move on to Reynistaður. Despite the cold, strong wind, and rain, we’re making excellent progress! When we get back to Boston, we’ll take the samples to the lab and count the pollen grains preserved at each level.
For the last few days we’ve been working close to the midden team, who are opening a large section in the side of the farm mound. It’s been fun to hang out with them! They’ve found lots of bones, plus some wool and a copper pot dating to sometime after 1300.
I’ll have some pictures to post later this week of the pollen team’s exploits!
This morning the whole SASS team visited some other exavations around the valley – the harbor at Kolkuós and an early cemetery on the other side of the fjord. It was great to see what other groups are excavating, and helpful to get some perspective on our own sites. We’re looking forward to seeing the Kolkuós folks at Seyla soon!