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Feykir Newspaper article about SCASS work in Icealnd

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FeykirThere is an article in the local online paper today ( about some of our work and in particular some of the finds.


This is an awkward google translation of the article, but it gives some idea:

Rare Finds in Hegranes

The summer has archaeological department of the regional museums Skagfirðinga in cooperation with the American archaeologists from the University of Massachusetts in Boston (UMass) gained by research on the Onboard Hegranes SK affiliate program called Skagafjordur church and built history study. Guðný Zoëga, bone, Economist and Head fornleifadeildar regional museums Skagfirðinga, has conducted excavations of the town of Keflavik Hegranes but this is the second summer of the three project.

According Guðný Keflavik has been found somewhat plump sive church building and about 45 graves in the cemetery circular, with misheillegum skeletons. The cemetery has been put into the year 1000 and is in use over in 1104, probably laid by the first two decades of the twelfth century.

Two remarkable artifacts have been found in the studies in the summer. Otherwise, it is the money that was found in the church building in Keflavik, however, it is very beautiful beinprjónn in Viking style, but for the carved animal heads. Beinprjónninn found in the rubbish heap of antique farm Koti in the country Hella land is located close to the church instead. It was Josiah Wagener, conservator project handled the cleaning of the finds. Wagener told the reporter blotted both artefacts seem at first glance quite rare. The Silver Coin is similar silver coins that have been found in Scandinavia, however, several factors that Wagener believes special but looked to be experts on money to analyze how the coin is the case. Beinprjónninn with animal head is extremely rare gift, but only four of these have been found in this country. Two of these four Gürr needles have been found Hegranes addition knitting in Koti was beinprjónn with animal head in a grave in Keldudal summer of 2003. Below you can see the precious majestic.

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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