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2013 Excavation at Skuggi

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Excavation at the site of Skuggi, in Hörgárdalur, Iceland in 2009 revealed that our midden was lying within a small structure.

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Work was resumed at Skuggi in June, 2013. A team of archaeologists from the CUNY Graduate Center, led by Ramona Harrison and Howell Roberts (FSI), participated.

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We opened up a much larger trench around the one first dug four years earlier. 6x6m compared to 3x4m.

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Our goal this season was to completely expose the structure and determine its age and function, as well as collect more material from the midden deposits.

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Near seasons end we had three walls fully exposed, and not enough time to extend any further. Enough was revealed to show a small dwelling, likely dating to the 9th or 10th century, as it was completely sealed by an 1104 tephra layer.

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The 2013 Skuggi trench in its final phase. A small cutout and test trench on the far side revealed the fourth wall of the structure.

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Skuggi as seen from across the valley. The location is conspicuously high up the hill and sitting below a nearly vertical rocky slope.

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A test trench dug into the large mound uphill from our current excavation revealed a dense layer of gravel overlying midden deposits. It appears that a landslide covered this location during its occupation, before 1104.

 

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