Part of: Iceland

This Gufuskálar archaeofauna comes from the 2008 and 2011 excavations at the medieval fishing station on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in western Iceland. The material from 2008 is an unstratified and mostly hand-picked collection during the test-pitting stage of work at the site. In 2011 we returned and 100% sieved the material from the eroding middens.

Field reports and more information is available on the NABO website.

Resources Inside This Collection (Viewing 1-4 of 4)

  • GFS08_Zooarch (2010)
    DATASET Frank Feeley.

    Access database of 2008 GFS fauna. Contact Frank Feeley for access.

  • GFS2011_NABONE Database (2015)
    DATASET Frank Feeley.

    Access database of 2011 mammal bone collection.

  • Mammal Consumption at the Medieval Fishing Station at Gufuskálar A Preliminary Zooarchaeology Report from the 2011 Excavation (2012)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Frank Feeley.

    This report details the analysis of mammal bones recovered from one of the four trenches excavated at the medieval fishing station of Gufuskálar during the summer of 2011. During excavation it was noted that there seemed to be a high proportion of mammal bones recovered which correspond with high quality cuts of meat. This was counter to our assumptions regarding the economic status of fishermen during the medieval era as these cuts of meat would be rather expensive. The preliminary...

  • Preliminary Assessment of the faunal remains from the 2008 excavations at Gufuskálar, Snæfellsnes (2010)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Frank Feeley. Sophia Perdikaris. Megan Hicks. Konrad Smiarowski.

    This report is regarding the zooarchaeological remains excavated from Gufuskálar, on the north coast of Snæfellsnes in the west of Iceland, during the summer of 2008. The aim of this research was to investigate three mounds which are believed to be part of the long abandoned Gufuskálar fishing station. The inland farmstead at Gufuskálar has been documented as far back as 1274 and there were upwards of fourteen fishing booths along the coast during the 14th Century. The station was said to have...