Skuggi and Siglunes: Two Icelandic Settlement Sites

Author(s): Ramona Harrison

Year: 2017


This paper presents results from multidisciplinary investigations at two Icelandic sites from the same region: Skuggi and Siglunes. The small subsidiary farm at Skuggi was likely settled during the earliest stages of Icelandic colonization and was located on a steep mountain slope, about 150 m above the valley bottom. Ideas on its occupation history and causes of abandonment will be discussed, as well as the possibility that the decision to abandon the settlement was heavily influenced by landslides in that particular area.

Siglunes, located in the outer fjords of the same region, was also settled early during the island's colonization.

There, well-preserved faunal remains were recovered from several midden deposits infilling the remains of struktureres such as dwellings and boat houses. From ongoing faunal analysis, we know now that this site may have been one of the fishing sites providing the region called Eyjafjord with various preserved fish products. Possible impacts on the landscape as well as on both these sites will be discussed.

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Skuggi and Siglunes: Two Icelandic Settlement Sites. Ramona Harrison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430802)


Farming Fishing Iceland

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17442