Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey


Tephra in Bogs



The drained bog near Hátún.

The drained bog near Hátún.


The bog at Melkot


The bog at Holtsmúli

One of the important activities that took place this field season was the extraction of tephra and plant material from bogs.  We are trying to get better dates for some of the dark tephras between Hekla 3  and Hekla 1  (this is the AD 1104 we know quite well).  The bogs took us to some wonderful locations.

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 the 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 has been studying the settlement patterns of Viking Age Iceland. John is the director of the Digital Archaeology Laboratory at the Fiske Center.

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