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Abstract:The Glerá project started when human bones were accidentally uncovered in a gravel mine close to the farm mound in Glerá in 1998. Later members of the institute were asked to visit the site several times when a grave mound was demolished and more bones came to light.
Project Start Year:1998
Projected End Year:2007

Account Owner

Contact: Fornleifastofnun Íslands
Postal Address: Bárugata 3, 101 Reykjavík, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033

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Beinafundur viđ Glerá í Krćklingahlíđ [0.08 MB]
Human bones were revealed in a gravel mine close to the farm Glerá in Akureyri. The site was investigated by archaeologists and was found to be some 160 m away from an alleged church site called Kirkjuhóll (Chapel Mound). The bones could possibly derive from a pagan burial although nothing was found to prove that. The Chapel Mound was at this point not estimated in any danger due to the gravel mining.

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Fornleifakönnun á röskuđum grafreit á Glerá [4.89 MB]
Investigation took place at the site of Kirkjuhóll (Church Mound) in Glerá, Akureyri, after it became clear that it had been greatly damaged by gravel mining. Human bones were scattered over the disturbed area and a substantial amount of bones were also discovered within a mound of soil that had been pushed into the gravel mine. The damage was estimated, a part of the mound (1%) excavated to count the bones and remaining sections recorded. Additionally trial trenches were excavated to see whether undisturbed graves remained. A wall predating tephra from 1300 was recorded. A human bone was dated to around 1000 +/-40 BP with C14.

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Fornleifakönnun á Glerá 2007 [1.03 MB]
The investigation of the badly disturbed graveyard in Glerá continued. A section previosly recorded had revealed cultural layers . The aim was to excavate this area end see if the graveyard was stretching further to the west. Secondly a disturbed mound of earth was examined to retrieve bones despite limited research potential as it is not acceptible to have human bones scattered around. Thirdly see if any bones were still left on the top of che churchmound. Some cultural remains were found in the extended area, all earlier than the tephra from 1300 AD. Fifteen human bones were retrieved from the disturbed mound. A part of one skeleton was found in situ on the top of church mound, which is now fully excavated.

Project Location

Latitude: 65.673°N
Longitude: 18.161°W