Today was my last day of fieldwork in Iceland for 2012! (Don’t worry, everyone else is staying for a few more days, and they’ll keep blogging.) I’m sorry to leave just when so many exciting things are coming in to view at Seyla – a few more grave cuts are exposed, and the church in the center of the yard is beginning to take shape.
Over the weekend we traveled to Kumlabrekka, an early Viking Age boat burial on the side of a pseudocrater, to test the CMD and GPR through volcanic scoria. The Mývatn region is one of the most beautiful in Iceland. But Mývatn means “midge lake,” and when the wind dies down, the midges come out! They are everywhere and they bite.
The survey went great – which I’m especially happy about, because I carried the CMD for most of it!
This afternoon I spent some time showing Guðmundur, an archaeologist who works at the museum here in Sauðarkrókur, how to work our float machine so he can process macrobotanical samples after we leave. We decorated the Minja Husið sign with beautiful pink and blue chiffon!
Early tomorrow morning I leave for England, where I’ll be doing some survey work with Matthew Johnson’s project at Bodiam and Scotney Castles. Then I’m moving from Boston to Chicago to start my first quarter as a PhD student at Northwestern University. I’m very excited about all of this, but sad to leave Iceland (and UMass) behind. I hope to be back in Skagafjörður next summer!
Stay tuned to this blog for more about the last week of excavation at Seyla!