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Hegranesþing: Geophysical Prospection, Coring and Excavation — Interim Report 2017

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The 2017 Hegranesþing (Hegranesthing) Geophysical Prospection, Coring and Excavation Interim Report 2017 is now uploaded.  The report describes the new geophysical results with the CMD-Mini Explorer, the follow-up coring and two test pits.  Again, this work builds on previous work at Hegranesþing.  Together, the results hint that there may have been two distinct sequential farmsteads at Hegranesþing, and possibly a third.  These Viking Age farmsteads would be in addition to the sites function as an assembly place.  Follow up work on the third potential farmstead is currently taking place.

This report can be found at:
http://www.fiskecenter.umb.edu/Pdfs/Iceland_PDFs/2017/BSK-2018-204_Hegranesthing_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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