Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey


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.

July 21, 2016
by John Steinberg

2015 SCASS Reports now online

There are five new reports available that describe the 2015 field season of SCASS. Additional reports can be found on the reports page for the Skagafjordur Heritage Museum.

Keflavik_Cemetery_Excavation_ReportThe Cemetery Report describes the detailed excavations of the cemetery.



Survey_Report_2015The Survey Report describes the results of the coring and small test pits at 5 farms: Keflavík, Garður, Ás, Keldudalur, and Hróarsdalur.



Hegranesping_Geophysics_ReportThe Hegranesping Geophysics Report describes two years of work, mostly on the southern side, near the church



Fornbyli_ReportThe Abandoned Farm Report describes Kathryn Catlin’s work on the small farms.  This is part of her dissertation work.



Early_Modern_Test_Pits_ReportThe Early Modern Test Pit Report describes the upper portions of test pits at Keflavík and Ás.

July 14, 2016
by John Steinberg

Skagafjordur Heritage Museum wins Award for Excellence


Sig­ríður Sig­urðardótt­ir, director of the museum, with the President of Iceland.

The  Byggðasafns Skagfirðinga (Skagafjordur Heritage Museum) has won an award for excellence.  The news article in the Morgunblaðið, the paper of record in Iceland, is effusive.    Below is a google translation of the article.  It is not great, but you will get the idea.





Fyrsta verkið var að koma upp geymslu

These awards include first and foremost a recognition of our work and strengthen us to action – we think it will keep on,” says Sigridur Sigurdardottir, Director, Regional Folk Museum, which today won the Icelandic safnaverðlaunin when they were delivered in 10 time solemn ceremony at. Prize money of one million.

According Sigridur operations Regional Folk Museum transformation in the almost thirty years that have passed since she was appointed Museum Director. “My first work as a director was coming up storage for the museum. The museums are mainly to do is to collect relics, objects and sources of human life and land use. When I took the museum at the time consisted of performances held only in the old turf farm in Glaumbær originally opened to the public in 1952. It was not possible to accept more will where no storage facilities existed nor facilities for staff, “says Sigrid and points out that venues has increased and employees.

Made by a number of guests who exhibits the world each year, says Sigrid it varies by location. “Annually submit three to four thousand visitors their way Minjahúsið Sauðárkrókur. Þorfinnsson were over 40 thousand visitors last year, well over 95% of guests are foreign tourists, “says Sigrid and points out that the visitor experience is a strong turf farm. “With his visit perceive visitors firsthand how people lived on the farm at the time. The town is extremely remarkable, but he is the richest turf farm country and probably the richest turf farm world, “says Sigrid.
Extends far beyond the actual location of the museum

The Adjudication Committee stated that the activities of the museum is ambitious and comprehensive, which is cultivated in every aspect of museum work in a professional manner. “The museum possesses rich collections accumulated since its establishment in 1952 and staff use validated methods of collection, cataloging, research and dissemination that meet the demands of the contemporary museum. Furthermore, the museum cultivate partnerships of various types, both locally and internationally. That collaboration Command in the category of leading gather in Iceland today, “the justification.

Also states that the museum stands for sophisticated research work that weaves in a successful manner with other aspects of museum work, ie collection, preservation and dissemination. “Especially to mention extensive archaeological research that not only promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in Skagafjörður cultural heritage, but the cultural and historical value nationally and internationally. The integration of research and teaching and dissemination expand further the functions of the museum, which appears among others activities Traditional Crafts School and more accessible version of research results on the portfolio. ”

Then also states that the activities of the local museum will reach far beyond the actual location. Performances are beyond the region than the main base for Glaumbær, such as Fair Sauðárkrókur Municipal Museum and the main show in emigration Emigration Center, which also is an example of a cooperative under the professional guidance of the local museum.

The cooperation of the museum with schools, institutions and tourism show how the collection can contribute to increased knowledge of cultural heritage and thus enhance professionalism in his brokerage.

“The museum has a team of qualified personnel on guard with enthusiasm and ambition has been able to ship it on a par with the leading of its kind in the country.”

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