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Parent name: Myvatn Landscapes Project

Project Details
Title:Midden in Skútustađir
Abstract:This project aims to gather archaeofauna and other comparative data from a midden dating back to medieval times in Skútustađir, south of lake Mývatn.
Project Start Year:2007

Account Owner
Contact: Fornleifastofnun Íslands
Postal Address: Bárugata 3, 101 Reykjavík, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033

Project Content

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Öskuhaugsrannsóknir á Skútustöđum í Mývatnssveit 2008 - Framvinduskýrsla I [5.50 MB]
A part of a midden in Skútustađir was excavated. Two trenches were opened up and in addition an open profile which had been cleaned previously was moved back and an area behind it excavated. The midden proved to be extensive, up to 1,5 m deep and contains cultural layers from modern times back to the settlement period. It is well stratified, thanks to several tephra layers . Bones are well preserved and have already provided an interesting insight into the development of the Skútustađir farm throughout the centuries. Excavations will continue over the next summers.

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Archaeoentomological investigations at Skútustađir, Mývatnssveit, N-Iceland [1.17 MB]
This describes the sampling methodology that was used for the collection of bulk samples for archaeoentomology during the summer of 2008, and discusses the results of the preliminary analysis undertaken in 2009-2010. King G. & Forbes V. (2010) Archaeoentomological investigations at Skútustađir, Mývatnssveit, N-Iceland. Université Laval.

Project Location

Latitude: 65.566159°N Longitude: 17.033115°W