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Abstract:A trench was excavated along the passage floor in the upstanding farm of Laufás prior to the construction of new heating pipes under the floor.
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

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Fornleifarannsókn undir bæjardyrum og göngum í torfænum í Laufási [0.32 MB]
The old farm of Laufás, Eyjafjörður, is under the supervision of the National Museum. In the autumn of 1999 it was planned to add modern heating to the house by laying a heat-pipe under the passage floor. A trench was excavated along the whole passage, 22 m long and up to 75 cm wide. 18th and 19th century layers were rich with glass and pottery but earlier contexts contained more textiles. Bones were badly preserved. No evidence were found to prove that the length of the passage had changed through time and the passage was built on undisturbed soil, possibly as early as the 16th century, based on written sources. Underneath the passage floor earlier structures with other directions were seen but dating was difficult - they might be from the 9th-10th centuries. It was surprising to find how shallow the cultural layers under the passage are, within half a meter while many farm-mounds are up to 3 m deep. This caused speculation on how farm mounds build up in different ways.

Project Location

Latitude: 66.078459°N
Longitude: 16.745006°W