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Keflavík on Hegranes: Cemetery Excavation Interim Report 2017

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The Keflavík Cemetery Excavation Interim Report 2017 is now up on the web.  In this report Guðný Zoëga & Douglas Bolender describe the final year of excavations, including descriptions of a smithy and the “rock pit.”  The report also details much about the cemetery wall, inducing a drain and possible channels,  the entrance, and the scalloped radial depressions that trace the interior of the wall.  There are also descriptions of remains of the church itself including the choir and postholes. Finally, the report detales the excavation and contents of the last 8 graves.

 

The report can be found at http://www.fiskecenter.umb.edu/Pdfs/Iceland_PDFs/2017/BSK%202017-191_Keflav%C3%ADk_Cemetery_Excavation_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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