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Abstract:The project in Kúvíkur, a trading site established after the monopoly in 1602, was focussed on a midden which was heavily eroded on one side. A trench was excavated, revealing extensive midden layers dating back to the 18th century.
Project Start Year:2004
Projected End Year:2004

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

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Fornleifauppgröftur á Kúvíkum í Reykjarfirđi [0.48 MB]
A trench was excavated through the center of the midden and revealed a peat-ash rich midden, up to 2 m deep, with well preserved organic material. The oldest layers probably date to the 17th or 18th centuries judging from finds. Some sort of a structure was found under the earliest midden layers but its function can not be established from such a narrow trench. Additionally a test trench was dug east of the location of the main dwellings in an area which has probably been levelled out. Some occupational layers were discovered and the remains of a paved surface sitting in a layer of gravel. The function remains unclear but judging from finds the remains could date to the early 19th century. Around 2000 finds were retrieved, of which only a few predate 1850.

Project Location

Latitude: 65.951575°N
Longitude: 21.478237°W