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

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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 http://www.fiskecenter.umb.edu/Pdfs/Iceland_PDFs/2017/BSK-2018-196_Fornbyli_Report.pdf  and other SCASS reports can be found at http://www.fiskecenter.umb.edu/Projects/SCASS.html

Author: John Steinberg

Dr. John Steinberg has been a Research Scientist at the Fiske Center since 2006. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCLA in 1997. Before coming to UMass Boston, John taught at UCLA and California State University Northridge. He is interested in economic problems of colonization, both in New England and across the North Atlantic. He uses GIS and shallow geophysics to study settlement patterns to understand broad trends over the landscape. In addition to John's New England work, he is a co-PI on the the Skagafjordur Church and Settlement Survey (SCASS). SCASS is a multi-year project in Northern Iceland to understand the formation of social stratification and property rights during the Viking Age and after (AD 874-1700). For this work in Iceland, as well as other projects, John and his colleagues have received over $1,000,000 in research grants, mostly from the National Science Foundation. John is the director of the Digital Archaeology Laboratory at the Fiske Center.

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