Akurvik Excavations 1990


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Parent name: CUNY Strandasysla Historical Ecology Project 1988-90

Project Details

Title:Akurvik Excavations 1990
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Abstract:The site of Akurvik was discovered by Haukur Johanneson in 1987 when beach erosion exposed a series of midden deposits and what proved to be a series of small turf walled booth structures superposed over an 18 m long erosion face at the small embayment at Akurvik at the tip of a rocky peninsula approximately 3 km NE of the Gjogur farm mound. This site was not recorded historically, and seems to have been long abandoned (perhaps due to ongoing uplift making the landing impractical)by the time of the Jardabok survey. The 1990 Strandasysla Historical Ecology project carried out a rescue excavation, cutting back the erosion face to provide a profile and attempting to stablize the exposed deposits. A very large archaeofauna (made up almost entirely of fish bones) was recovered from two major horizons (associated with successive booth structures) dated by radiocarbon to the early and later Middle Ages respectively. The archaeofauna and a summary of the site is published in:

Colin Amundsen , Sophia Perdikaris , Thomas H. McGovern , Yekaterina Krivogorskaya , Matthew Brown , Konrad Smiarowski, Shaye Storm, Salena Modugno, Malgorzata Frik, Monica Koczela (2005) ‘Fishing Booths and Fishing Strategies in Medieval Iceland : an Archaeofauna from the of Akurvík, North-West Iceland’, Environmental Archaeology 10,2 : 141-198.

Keywords:Iceland,Fishing,Medieval,,Fishing,Station,Zooarchaeology,NW,Iceland,Strandasysla
Sponsors/Funders: US National Science Foundation
CUNY
National Msueum of Iceland
Country:Iceland
Region:Strandir
Project Start Year:1990
Projected End Year:1990

Account Owner

Contact: Thomas H McGovern
Postal Address: Dept Anthropology

Hunter College CUNY

695 Park Ave

New York NY 10021

Post Code: 10021
Telephone: 001 2152970373
Email: thomas.h.mcgovern@gmail.com


Project Location

Latitude: 65.99177°N
Longitude: 21.31485°W