Nes vi­ Seltj÷rn

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Title:Nes vi­ Seltj÷rn
Abstract:In 1994 the Seltjarnarnes council decided to have archaeological evaluations carried out around the old farm of Nes in Seltjarnarnes. The old farm now houses museums and the area around it is an outdoor activity area for the public. Bones have previously been uncovered close to the farm mound. All this, among other things, has raised interest in the archaeology of the area.
Project Start Year:1995
Projected End Year:1996

Account Owner

Contact: Fornleifastofnun ═slands
Postal Address: Bßrugata 3, 101 ReykjavÝk, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033

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Fornleifarannsˇknir Ý Nesi vi­ Seltj÷rn I - Skřrsla um uppgr÷t 1995 [0.54 MB]
It was verified by trenching that a ruin, visible on the surface, is most likely the last church in Nes. However a licence to excavate the ruin itself could not be obtained. A graveyard wall and graves close to it were revealed, all most likely 18th century remains. It is interesting that the ruin is not in the center of the graveyard, possibly indicating a different location for previous churches.

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Fornleifarannsˇknir Ý Nesi vi­ Seltj÷rn V. Skřrsla um formleifauppgr÷tt Ý t˙ni vi­ Nesstofu [0.89 MB]
The aim of the investigations in 1996 was to explore ruins in the homefield of Nes, including mysterious, leveled out round enclosures discovered from the air. Test pits were excavated in a few of those but no clear evidence was found for their function although it can be ruled out that they were dwellings or animal enclosures as no surface layers were evident. The enclosures are most likely built soon after the Landnßm tephra was deposited in 871 +/-2. It is suggested that they could relate to cultivation of some sort. In addition two parallel walls, a possible house, were excavated but proved to be nothing but insignificant turf walls. The homefield boundary was also trenched and both are dated to an early age by tephra (post LNL, pre K-1500).

Project Location

Latitude: 64.158637°N
Longitude: 22.009404°W