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1,000-year-old human remains found in Iceland


The 1,000-year-old remains of an individual have been unearthed in a churchyard in the village of Hrafnseyri in Iceland.

Archeologist Margrét Hallmundsdóttir tells that “the bones are from the first one hundered years of Christianity in Iceland and the man is buried out by the churchyard wall. This suggests that the church and the yard are from the year 1000 [the year Christianity was adopted in Iceland]. One sees the rest of ruins on the surface, but one does not know if there are older ruins below. There was a little left of the skeleton, parts of a skull and teeth, and it was probably and older individual, since the teeth were used up, and we guess a male because of where he was buried in the churchyard.”

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Story: Iceland Review | Photo: Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir/Iceland Review

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