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Project Details

Abstract:Archaeological investigation was requested before Vígđalaug (consecrated pool) was repaired before the celebration of the 1000 year anniversary of Christianity in Iceland.
Project Start Year:1999
Projected End Year:1999

Account Owner

Contact: Fornleifastofnun Íslands
Postal Address: Bárugata 3, 101 Reykjavík, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033
Website: http://www.instarch.is
Email: fsi@instarch.is

Project Content

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Report on Vígđalaug (Consecrated Pool) in Laugardalur [0.05 MB]
In the year 2000 Icelanders celebrated 1000 years of christianity. This raised interest in historical sites linked to the christianization, including Vígđalaug (Consecrated Pool) in Laugardalur, a natural hot pool with stonebuilt sides. According to Kristni saga this was the place where people from the south were babtized after the Christianization on their way home from Alţingi in the year 1000. Local people wanted the pool repaired and prior to that an archaeological investigation was requested. A narrow trench was excavated along the western side of the pool. The pool is built in a natural depression and shows no signs of repairs or changes except on the NW corner where the slope pushes the wall inwards. The pool could not be dated as tephra layers lacked completely.

Project Location

Latitude: 64.219855°N
Longitude: 20.729102°W