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July 18, 2018
by John Steinberg
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Hegranesþing: Geophysical Prospection, Coring and Excavation — Interim Report 2017

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

 

June 30, 2018
by John Steinberg
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Lower Keflavík: Excavation, Geophysical Prospection, and Coring – Interim Report 2017

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

June 29, 2018
by John Steinberg
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Keflavík on Hegranes: Cemetery Excavation Interim Report 2017

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

April 27, 2018
by John Steinberg
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Fornbýli Landscape and Archaeological Survey on Hegranes (FLASH) Interim Report 2017

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

July 30, 2017
by John Steinberg
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Fornleifarannsóknir í Skagafirði Opið Hús — Open House Photos

Yesterday we held an open house where members of the SCASS team presented some of the archaeological methods, techniques, and finds from the last three years.

We had a great time and we hope our guests did as well.

 

July 25, 2017
by John Steinberg
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Fornleifarannsóknir í Skagafirði Opið Hús – Verknámshús FNV, Sauðárkróki Laugardagur 29. júlí 12-16: 30

Starfsmenn og nemar Skagfirsku kirkju- og byggðasögurannsóknarinnar bjóða öllum sem áhuga hafa að koma og kynna sér fornleifarannsóknirnar sem við höfum staðið að sl. þrjú ár í Hegranesi

• Hver erum við
• Hvað erum við að gera
• Hvaða aðferðir og tæki eru notuð
• Hvað höfum við fundið
• Spurningar og svör
• Léttar kaffiveitingar
• Og margt fleira!

Kl. 14:00 verður leiðsögn á Hegranesþingstað í landi Garðs í Hegranesi. Minjar á svæðinu verða skoðaðar og nýjustu rannsóknarniðurstöður kynntar.

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July 25, 2017
by John Steinberg
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Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey Archaeology Open House – Saturday 29 July 2017 Noon to 4:30 PM in Sauðárkrókur

Archaeologists from the Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey invite all who are interested to come and learn about the archaeological research that they have been carrying out for the last three years on Hegranes.

• Who they are
• What they have been doing
• What techniques and technology are used
• What has been found
• Q&A
• Light refreshments
• And much more!!

At 2:00 PM, there will be a guided tour of Hegranesþing. The tour will discuss new research while exploring the ruins.  The rest of the event will take place at Verknámshús FNV in Sauðárkrókur.

All are welcome!!

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June 17, 2017
by John Steinberg
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Hegranesþing Geophysical Prospection and Coring Report – now available

We have put up the report on the 2016 geophysics and coring report from the work at Hegranesþing on the farm of Garður.  Hegranesþing is an important Viking Age assembly site.   The report presents evidence for specific locations of  Viking Age domestic activity.

June 10, 2017
by John Steinberg
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Egg on Hegranes 2016 Report Available

We  have put up the report on the 2016  coring, geophysics and test excavations at the Farm of Egg.  Recently we received a AMS date from Test Pit 1, context [105] –  A piece of barley.  The date was 1145 ±15  calendar years before present, which calibrates to AD  777-790,  AD 827-841, and AD 865-971 (in the 2 sigma range).  The report will be updated with this new information.

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