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Abstract:One of the aims of the project "Vestnordisk byggeskik i vikingtid og middelalder" was to revaluate the archaeology of Ţjórárdalur which has held a central place in Icelandic archaeology for one and a half century. Knowledge is hitherto based on survey work from the 19th century and excavations from 1939 and yet structures in Ţjórsárdalur have been used to support the development of Icelandic building customs.
Project Start Year:2001
Projected End Year:2001

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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

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Archaeological investigations in Ţjórsárdalur 2001 [1.77 MB]
The investigation in 2001 involved two steps: 1) Survey to produce an adequate map of the valley. This was done partly in 1999 and 2000 by an Icelandic and Danish team but contour surveys were added in 2001. 2) Reexcavation of a key site, Skallakot. The excavation revealed a skáli, sealed by H-1104 tephra. The skáli could possibly seal older remains on site. It has been truncated by earlier excavations but still a considerable portion of floor layers appears to be preserved external buildings were better preserved. Skallakot proved promising for further excavation and could add valubale information to the understanding of Viking Age farmsteads. Bruno Berson carried out a side project to locate byres and other outhouses in the same area. Five trenches were excavated and two sites recommended for further investigation, Skallakot and Áslákstunga innri.

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