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|Abstract:||The excavation at Naust in the town of Akureyri took place after evaluation trenches had been dug. The work was carried out in advance of building development. Two areas were excavated and some of the archaeology clearly dates to the Viking Age.|
|Project Start Year:||2007|
|Projected End Year:||2007|
||Bárugata 3, 101 Reykjavík, ICELAND
Björgunaruppgröftur í landi Nausta á Akureyri (Framvinduskýrsla I) [2.28 MB]
The excavation at Naust took place after evaluation trenches had been dug. The work was carried out in advance of building development. Two areas were excavated, A and B. A structure in area A, probaly a smithy, shows clear signs of iron working as early as the 10th-11th centuries judging by charcoal and slagrich layers. A spearhead, dated to the 10th-11th centuries was discovered. Later remains on top of smithy were some kind of dug-down features, possibly used to store hay, but those were not dateable. Results from area B were not final when the report came out. However it was observed that remains of structures could date from the 11th-16th centuries judging by tephra. The structures are most likely outhouses of some sort.
Björgunaruppgröftur í landi Nausta á Akureyri (Skýrsla II) [2.25 MB]
When the previous report on excavations in Naust was published, only limited results from area B were available. This report therefore focuses on area B, roughly about 600 m2 in size. Remains excavated dated from the 11th century to modern times, 19th-20th centuries. The area had been disturbed, most likely by the leveling of the homefield. Most recent was a midden, dated by finds. It was preceeded by several phases of buildings more or less in continuous use at least from the 11th- 16th centuries. Most are interpreted as outhouses although one could have been used as a dwelling at some point. The oldest remains are pinholes, pits and postholes but the function of those is not clear.