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Archaeologists Unearth Cottage Between Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær

By Erik Pomrenke

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Photo: Screenshot – RÚV.

Archaeologists have unearthed a cottage near Úlfarsfell, a mountain and popular walking area between Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær.

The discovery was made during exploratory excavations made preceding the construction of shopping centre. According to Icelandic law, an archaeological investigation must be conducted before construction and any finds registered with the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland.

The cottage in question, called Hamrahlíð, was found to have been inhabited from around 1850 to 1920.

Among the everyday objects found include a knife, pottery, plates, cups, glass bottles, and some agricultural tools.

Archaeologist from Antikva ehf., the contractor responsible for the excavation, stated to RÚV that: “We’ve found cooking pits, so people were cooking something here or working with food. We don’t have any mounds or any built-up fireplaces, but we do have these holes. In one, which is 35 cm deep, we have at least six layers of moss and with burnt bones and charcoal. It can be seen very clearly on the floors that they busied themselves around this area.”

Hermann Jakob Hjartarson, archaeologist at Antikva, has stated that relatively few studies of such small cottages have been carried out. He stated to RÚV that, “undoubtedly, I think that this is still just one part of a bigger story. Most people here at that time were just cottage farmers.”


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