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Lower Keflavík: Excavation, Geophysical Prospection, and Coring – Interim Report 2017

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The Lower Keflavík report is now up on the web.  In this report, we describe a early longhouse about 150 east of the Keflavík main farm mound. This report builds on previous work.  While there are a few bumps in the flattened field, geophysics and coring reveal the a Viking age structure, midden area and associated outbuildings.  The 2017 test pit suggests and early occupation and an abandonment before the AD 1104 tephra fell.  The information in the report has been obtained without any excavation into the structure itself.

 

The report can be found at:
http://www.fiskecenter.umb.edu/Pdfs/Iceland_PDFs/2017/BSK-2018-197_Lower-Keflav%C3%ADk_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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