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Abstract:Excavations in the farm mound of Leirvogstunga, MosfellsbŠr were carried out in advance of construction plans, first by trenching but later an open excavation was conducted.
Project Start Year:2006
Projected End Year:2007

Account Owner

Contact: Fornleifastofnun ═slands
Postal Address: Bßrugata 3, 101 ReykjavÝk, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033
Website: http://www.instarch.is
Email: fsi@instarch.is

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Fornleifauppgr÷ftur ß deiliskipulagssvŠ­i Ý Leirvogstungu, MosfellsbŠ (Framvinduskřrsla) [0.71 MB]
Due to construction plans a total of 11 trenches were excavated in the homefield of Leirvogstunga, MosfellsbŠr in 2006. Cultural remains were found in three trenches and following the decision of the National Heritage Agency two sites were the targets of further investigation. Area A was a dug down feature with stone built walls, interpreted as a barn dating to the 20th century. It is known from oral sources that it was levelled in the nineteensixties. A horse skeleton found on the bottom is probably the remains of a horse named Br˙nn, shot prior to the leveling of the outhouses. Area B (ca. 18 x 14 m)revealed a similar structure, most likley a barn as well - a coin in the floor dated to the early 20th century. Neither trench revealed earlier phases of construction.

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Fornleifarannsˇknir ß DeiliskipulagssvŠ­i Ý Leirvogstungu, MosfellsbŠ (Framvinduskřrsla II) [0.77 MB]
Investigation in Leirvogstunga prior to building construction continued. A 25 m long trench in the farm mound, an old truncation from a torn down byre, was cleaned and recorded to estimate the extent of cultural remains and mark the limits of the mound. The trench revealed occupational layers that seem to date mostly to the 19th and 20th centuries. These results forced the construction team to replan the layout of pipes, which in turn demanded five additonal test trenches north and west of the farm mound. No additional archaeology was found. Following this, top soil was taken off the farm mound with a machine in advance of road construction. It was decided by The National Heritage Agency that full excavation was needed prior to further construction work.

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Fornleifarannsˇknir ß DeiliskipulagssvŠ­i Ý Leirvogstungu, MosfellsbŠ (Framvinduskřrsla III) [6.76 MB]
This season in Leirvogstunga (2007) saw an extensive excavation of a part of the farm mound. An open area excavation was started, revealing the remains of a total of 32 structures, none of which were dwellings and it is suggested that those lie further to the west in the mound. Some of the buildings were badly truncated by later construction work.

Project Location

Latitude: 64.180997°N
Longitude: 21.683822°W