Hofstašir in Žorskafjöršur

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Title:Hofstašir in Žorskafjöršur
Abstract:The preliminary excavation in Hofstašir, Žorskafjöršur, aimed to shed light on ruins in the homefield often related to pagan activites.
Project Start Year:2006
Projected End Year:2006

Account Owner

Contact: Fornleifastofnun Ķslands
Postal Address: Bįrugata 3, 101 Reykjavķk, ICELAND
Post Code: 101
Telephone: 00354-5511033
Website: http://www.instarch.is
Email: fsi@instarch.is

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Fornleifarannsókn aš Hofstöšum ķ Žorskafirši [1.09 MB]
Hofstašir in Žorskafjöršur has for a long time been of interest to antiquarians and archaeologists because of ruins and place names connected to a heathen temple. Two ruins in the homefield were the subject of excavation. One is the alleged temple, the other so called "Chapel Mound" (Bęnhśshóll), previosly thought to be the temple. The aim was to estimate the preservation, function and possibilities for further research as well as to establish dating, if possible. In Chapel Mound a structure was revealed as well as graves. No dating was established but written sources do not mention a church on the farm. The alleged temple, on the list of scheduled sites at the National Heritage Agency, on the other hand proved to be nothing but a natural formation and no occupational layers were revealed.

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