Evaluation of Archaeoentomology for Reconstructing Rural Life-Ways and the Process of Modernisation in Iceland


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Title:Evaluation of Archaeoentomology for Reconstructing Rural Life-Ways and the Process of Modernisation in Iceland
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Abstract:This project was initiated with Véronique Forbes\'s PhD dissertation at the University of Aberdeen \'Evaluation of Archaeoentomology for Reconstructing Rural Life-Ways and the Process of Modernisation in 19th and Early 20th-Century Iceland\' (2013). The project seeks to evaluate the potential of archaeoentomology, the study of insects preserved in archaeological contexts, to help understand when and how the social, ideological and economic changes associated with modernization took place in various parts of Iceland.

So far, the project has examined insects preserved in 19th and 20th century deposits from 3 archaeological sites from northern Iceland: Hornbrekka, Vatnsfjörður and Þverá. These have yielded the earliest records of now-cosmopolitan insect species including cattle ectoparasites as well as stored food pests originally found in tropical and subtropical regions. These insects can be used to clarify the timing and processes by which individual sites began tapping into international trade networks, farming came to be modernized and people\'s everyday practices and attitude were affected by ideologies of \'improvement\'.

Keywords:Archaeoentomology, Modernization, Iceland
Sponsors/Funders: University of Aberdeen
Fornleifastofnun Íslands
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Country:Iceland
Project Start Year:2009

Account Owner

Contact: Veronique Forbes
Postal Address: St Mary's, Elphinstone Rd, Aberdeen
Post Code: AB24 3UF
Telephone: 07771459684
Email: veroforbes@gmail.com


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