Skuggi in Hörgárdalur, N. Iceland: Preliminary report of the 2008/2009 archaeofauna.

Author(s): Ramona Harrison

Year: 2010


In 2008, the author together with Þóra Pétursdóttir from FSÍ cored the Skuggi site and located and tested a medieval midden. In 2009, a larger scale midden excavation was carried out. The trenched midden and especially its underlying structure are remains of the original site settlement, with other structures possibly associated with later site activities mentioned in written sources (Hreiðarsdóttir 2008:233, some information in English in Harrison et al 2010).

Radiocarbon analysis dates the Skuggi midden deposits to ca. AD 970 – 1208; Tephrochronology further aids in dating this site: All midden deposits are sealed by H1300, and most of them by H1407. The turf structure under the midden contains tephra layers deposited during the volcanic landnám eruption (LNS) that coincided with Icelandic settlement in AD 871.

The Skuggi midden excavation, directed by the author was the latest in a series of archaeological projects that are all part of a larger Eyjafjörður Ecodynamics program.

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Skuggi in Hörgárdalur, N. Iceland: Preliminary report of the 2008/2009 archaeofauna.. Ramona Harrison. 2010 ( tDAR id: 396697) ; doi:10.6067/XCV86W9C6B

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min long: -18.676; min lat: 65.08 ; max long: -17.863; max lat: 65.981 ;

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