Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey


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:

and other SCASS reports can be found at

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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