Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey


April 27, 2018
by John Steinberg

Fornbýli Landscape and Archaeological Survey on Hegranes (FLASH) Interim Report 2017

The first of several reports from the 2017 work is now ready for distribution.  Entitled “Fornbýli Landscape and Archaeological Survey on Hegranes (FLASH): Interim Report 2017,”  This report contains some of the data and results of Kathryn Catlin’s PhD dissertation on the small sites.  This report covers several Hegranes farms including:  Ás (Minni-Ás, Næfurstaðir, Gunnlaugsgerði, Túnfótur, and a possible Hegrastaðir);  Svanavatn (including another possible Hegrastaðir); Keflavík (Kriki, Þrælagerði, Grænakot/Vík); Utanverðunes (Naustavík); Hamar(Hendilkot); Helluland (Kotið, Grænagerði); Keldudalur (Stekkjarborg, Gerði); and Egg (Minni-Egg).

The report can be found at  and other SCASS reports can be found at

July 30, 2017
by John Steinberg

Fornleifarannsóknir í Skagafirði Opið Hús — Open House Photos

Yesterday we held an open house where members of the SCASS team presented some of the archaeological methods, techniques, and finds from the last three years.

We had a great time and we hope our guests did as well.


July 25, 2017
by John Steinberg

Fornleifarannsóknir í Skagafirði Opið Hús – Verknámshús FNV, Sauðárkróki Laugardagur 29. júlí 12-16: 30

Starfsmenn og nemar Skagfirsku kirkju- og byggðasögurannsóknarinnar bjóða öllum sem áhuga hafa að koma og kynna sér fornleifarannsóknirnar sem við höfum staðið að sl. þrjú ár í Hegranesi

• Hver erum við
• Hvað erum við að gera
• Hvaða aðferðir og tæki eru notuð
• Hvað höfum við fundið
• Spurningar og svör
• Léttar kaffiveitingar
• Og margt fleira!

Kl. 14:00 verður leiðsögn á Hegranesþingstað í landi Garðs í Hegranesi. Minjar á svæðinu verða skoðaðar og nýjustu rannsóknarniðurstöður kynntar.

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July 25, 2017
by John Steinberg

Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey Archaeology Open House – Saturday 29 July 2017 Noon to 4:30 PM in Sauðárkrókur

Archaeologists from the Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey invite all who are interested to come and learn about the archaeological research that they have been carrying out for the last three years on Hegranes.

• Who they are
• What they have been doing
• What techniques and technology are used
• What has been found
• Q&A
• Light refreshments
• And much more!!

At 2:00 PM, there will be a guided tour of Hegranesþing. The tour will discuss new research while exploring the ruins.  The rest of the event will take place at Verknámshús FNV in Sauðárkrókur.

All are welcome!!

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June 17, 2017
by John Steinberg

Hegranesþing Geophysical Prospection and Coring Report – now available

We have put up the report on the 2016 geophysics and coring report from the work at Hegranesþing on the farm of Garður.  Hegranesþing is an important Viking Age assembly site.   The report presents evidence for specific locations of  Viking Age domestic activity.

June 10, 2017
by John Steinberg

Egg on Hegranes 2016 Report Available

We  have put up the report on the 2016  coring, geophysics and test excavations at the Farm of Egg.  Recently we received a AMS date from Test Pit 1, context [105] –  A piece of barley.  The date was 1145 ±15  calendar years before present, which calibrates to AD  777-790,  AD 827-841, and AD 865-971 (in the 2 sigma range).  The report will be updated with this new information.

June 9, 2017
by John Steinberg

2016 Keflavík Cemetery Report Available.

Guðný Zoëga and Doug Bolender have put up the report on the 2016 Keflavík Cemetery excavations.  One of the most interesting parts of the report is Feature 153, which is a series of spade marks up against the eastern cemetery wall.  More about that strange feature can be found on page 9 of the report.


December 31, 2016
by John Steinberg

Over 45,000 visitors to Glaumbaer In 2016

Visitors to the museums

Visitors to the museums

The Glaumbær turf house museum has welcomed over 45,000 visitors this year.  You can see the full Icelandic article at Below is a Google English translation.

That number is more than 10% of the population of Iceland (324,000), but only a little over 3% of the 1.2 million or so tourists that visit the island.


Growing number of Visitors

If visitors Víðimýri are included museum workers have received 57,828 visitors in 2016. Visitors Víðimýri was 8,308, a slight increase from last year. Guests Heritage The House was 4,518, which is double the previous year and guests in the old town in Glaumbær was 45,002. The highest increase in the number of visitors in the old town in Glaumbær in April, May, September and October. Doubling the number of reviews Heritage House explained that no entrance fee was taken into the events, this year and the increase was the tourists who went on Sauðárkrók year. summer compared to the year before.
If stays checked everywhere in Skagafjörður, where performances are more or less based on a collection of artifacts from Regional Folk Museum, as the emigration Emigration Center and the Historical Center of Icelandic horse at Hólar, the visitors 57974. If Víðimýri added 66,828 visitors visited the exhibition and archaeological remains as a museum linked in 2016.

July 27, 2016
by John Steinberg

Feykir Newspaper article about SCASS work in Icealnd

FeykirThere is an article in the local online paper today ( about some of our work and in particular some of the finds.


This is an awkward google translation of the article, but it gives some idea:

Rare Finds in Hegranes

The summer has archaeological department of the regional museums Skagfirðinga in cooperation with the American archaeologists from the University of Massachusetts in Boston (UMass) gained by research on the Onboard Hegranes SK affiliate program called Skagafjordur church and built history study. Guðný Zoëga, bone, Economist and Head fornleifadeildar regional museums Skagfirðinga, has conducted excavations of the town of Keflavik Hegranes but this is the second summer of the three project.

According Guðný Keflavik has been found somewhat plump sive church building and about 45 graves in the cemetery circular, with misheillegum skeletons. The cemetery has been put into the year 1000 and is in use over in 1104, probably laid by the first two decades of the twelfth century.

Two remarkable artifacts have been found in the studies in the summer. Otherwise, it is the money that was found in the church building in Keflavik, however, it is very beautiful beinprjónn in Viking style, but for the carved animal heads. Beinprjónninn found in the rubbish heap of antique farm Koti in the country Hella land is located close to the church instead. It was Josiah Wagener, conservator project handled the cleaning of the finds. Wagener told the reporter blotted both artefacts seem at first glance quite rare. The Silver Coin is similar silver coins that have been found in Scandinavia, however, several factors that Wagener believes special but looked to be experts on money to analyze how the coin is the case. Beinprjónninn with animal head is extremely rare gift, but only four of these have been found in this country. Two of these four Gürr needles have been found Hegranes addition knitting in Koti was beinprjónn with animal head in a grave in Keldudal summer of 2003. Below you can see the precious majestic.

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