|Project Connections:||This project is not linked to any other projects|
|Abstract:||The project in Kúvíkur, a trading site established after the monopoly in 1602, was focussed on a midden which was heavily eroded on one side. A trench was excavated, revealing extensive midden layers dating back to the 18th century.|
|Project Start Year:||2004|
|Projected End Year:||2004|
||Bárugata 3, 101 Reykjavík, ICELAND
Fornleifauppgröftur á Kúvíkum í Reykjarfirđi [0.48 MB]
A trench was excavated through the center of the midden and revealed a peat-ash rich midden, up to 2 m deep, with well preserved organic material. The oldest layers probably date to the 17th or 18th centuries judging from finds. Some sort of a structure was found under the earliest midden layers but its function can not be established from such a narrow trench. Additionally a test trench was dug east of the location of the main dwellings in an area which has probably been levelled out. Some occupational layers were discovered and the remains of a paved surface sitting in a layer of gravel. The function remains unclear but judging from finds the remains could date to the early 19th century. Around 2000 finds were retrieved, of which only a few predate 1850.