Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey


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:

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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