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Title:Svalbar­ revisited
Permalink:http://www.nabohome.org/cgi-bin/explore.pl?seq=102
Abstract:In 1986 and 1988 midden excavations took place in Svalbar­, N-Ůingeyjarsřsla, revealing one of the largest faunal collections up to that point in Iceland. The results were instrumental in the development of methods and models for reconstructing palaeoeconomies in the N-Atlantic region. In 2008 the Svalbar­ midden was revisited with the aim of refining the stratigraphy and dating, to gather new radiocarbon, geoarchaeological and ecofact samples to supplement landscape history and site fomation reconstructions for the site and for the Svalbard region, and to identify potential locations for further archaeological research.
Country:Iceland
Project Start Year:2008

Account Owner
Contact: Fornleifastofnun ═slands
Postal Address: Bßrugata 3, 101 ReykjavÝk, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033
Website: http://www.instarch.is
Email: fsi@instarch.is

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Preliminary Report of Archaeological Fieldwork at Svalbard (Svalbardshreppur), 2008 [1.23 MB]
In 1986 and 1988 midden excavations took place in Svalbar­, N-Ůingeyjarsřsla, revealing one of the largest faunal collections up to that point in Iceland. The results were instrumental in the development of methods and models for reconstructing palaeoeconomies in the N-Atlantic region. In 2008 the Svalbar­ midden was revisited with the aim of refining the stratigraphy and dating, to gather new radiocarbon, geoarchaeological and ecofact samples to supplement landscape history and site fomation reconstructions for the site and for the Svalbard region, and to identify potential locations for further archaeological research. Old midden trenches were reopened in 2008 and one profile moved back to stabilize it. Some sections were redrawn.


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Archaeological Fieldwork at Svalbar­, NE Iceland 2013 [2.64 MB]
2013 was the most extensive year in archaeological research in Svalbar­stunga. The field season started on the 15th of July and lasted until 3rd of August. The archaeological field crew consisted of Dr. James Woollett (Laval University), Uggi Ăvarsson (archaeologist and Cultural Heritage Manager of Southern Iceland), CÚline Dupont- HÚbert (Laval University), Gu­r˙n Alda GÝsladˇttir og Stefßn Ëlafsson (Institute of Archaeology, Iceland), Dr. VÚronique Forbes (University of Aberdeen), Natasha Roy (Laval University), Astrid Daxb÷ck (Institute of Archaeology, Iceland), Jˇnas H. Jˇnasson (student, Univesity of Iceland) og Martin Fields (student, Laval University). Also Dr. Paul Adderley (Stirling University, Scotland) which conducted the pedological survey of the homefield in Svalbar­ and Magn˙s ┴. Sigurgeirsson geologist who identified and confirmed tephra in the area and Kristborg ١rsdˇttir and Sˇlveig Gu­mundsdˇttir Beck (Institute of Archaeology, Iceland) continued with the archaeological site survey in Svalbar­stunga. Targeted sites for archaeological excavation in 2013 were: Sjˇh˙svÝk, K˙­ß, BŠgissta­ir, HjßlmarvÝk, Skri­a og Svalbar­ - see reports this volume. One of the main results this year are the refinement of site chronologies through a broadened local tephra sequence, including most notably the identification of the most recent of the Landnam tephras (ca. 940 AD) (see Magn˙s ┴. Sigurgeirsson report this volume). The association of this tephra with archaeological deposits at Hjalmarvik and with archaeologically sterile substrates underlying other sites provides a timeframe of the initial settlement of Svalbardstunga. The research crew has made their work visible in the community by guiding guests, inform the community about the research programme, by visiting the local school, giving interviews to papers, international magazines and international radio stations.





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Latitude: 66.204504°N Longitude: 15.718558°W