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Viking-age burials found in Iceland

Four Viking-era burials have been found at Eyjafjörður fjord in Iceland. Yesterday archeologists discovered a second boat burial at an archeological site at Dysnes ness in Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland. On Tuesday a burial site where a Viking age chief was buried in his boat, along with his sword and

Viking longhouse found in central Reykjavik

Traces of A viking longhouse which date back 900 years, have been found in central Reykjavik. Archaeologists digging on Lækjargata in central Reykjavik were looking for traces of a farm cottage built in 1799 – and found a Viking longhouse from some 900 years earlier. The longhouse is at least 20 m

Lost cloister found in Iceland

Ultrasound technology has been used to detect the remains of a large building which may be a lost cloister which was home to Augustinian monks from 1168 to 1550. “I think we’ve just hit the jackpot, because I think we’ve discovered the remains of Þykkvabæjarklaustur. It came as a complete surprise,

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

Did the Scots settle Iceland before the vikings?

New discoveries show that Iceland was inhabited nearly 70 years before the traditional dating of Viking settlement. A second cave site at Seljaland, close to Kverkarhellir, contains possible evidence of early occupation. It’s known as the Seljalandshellar cave group and contains 19 large and 4 mid-sized carvings on its walls - representing

Americans reached Europe 500 years before Columbus reached the New World

A genetic study of an Icelandic family has revealed that Vikings may have brought Native Americans to Europe 500 years before Columbus "discovered" the New World. Research indicates that a woman from the North American continent probably arrived in Iceland some time around 1000AD leaving behind genes that are

Skeleton found at oldest hospital in Iceland

The skeleton of a person who suffered from Paget's disease has been unearthed at Skriduklaustur in Iceland. “We know now that a hospital was operated in the monastery from 1490 to 1550, which makes it the oldest hospital in Iceland,” Kristjánsdóttir said. “It wasn’t known that the monasteries were involved

1,000-year-old cowshed discovered in Iceland

An unusually well-preserved cowshed from the 10th century has been found in Northern Iceland. The cowshed surfaced just west of the living quarters of cow farmers Thórarinn Leifsson and Gudrún Lárusdóttir at Keldudalur. Research has been ongoing there since the year 2002. An ancient burial ground has been found there and