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Ancient Arrowhead Discovered in East Iceland

An arrowhead, which is believed to be around 500 years old, was recently discovered during an archeological excavation project at Skriduklaustur, an old monastery site in Fljótsdalur valley, east Iceland.


Skriduklaustur. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

According to RÚV, this is the first weapon to be discovered during the excavation, which has been ongoing every summer for more than a decade but will come to an end in a few weeks.

The arrowhead is made from copper and is probably from a crossbow. It was found in the easternmost part of the monastery’s remains where a storehouse or outbuilding is believed to have been located. However, it is considered unlikely that the weapon belonged to the monks.

Click here to read about other recent archeological discoveries in Iceland.


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