Sandbagging the Past: Rescue Excavations at a Medieval Icelandic Fishing Station
Since it's discovery in 2008, archaeologists have been performing rescue excavations at the site of Gufuskálar in Western Iceland. During the Medieval Era this site was home to one of the largest commercial fishing operations in Iceland at that time. Little is known about these early commercial ventures and most of these early fishing stations have been destroyed by later episodes of town-building. Gufuskálar is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval fishing station but, as with many coastal sites around the world, is currently being destroyed by coastal erosion. Attempts have been made to mitigate the damage in between field seasons but there has been little success.
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Sandbagging the Past: Rescue Excavations at a Medieval Icelandic Fishing Station. Frank Feeley, Lilja Pálsdóttir. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403128)
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