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Cabin from Viking Era Discovered in West Fjords?

An archeological expedition on the island Hrútey in Mjóifjördur fjord in Ísafjardardjúp, the West Fjords, have revealed the ruins of a cabin which may have been built during the Viking Era.

According to Ragnar Edvardsson, an archeologist at the West Fjords’ Natural Science Center, diggings had revealed an oval building structure with a double layer of rocks and turf in between that can at least be traced back to the Middle Ages.

“Such thick walls could indicate that the building derives from the Viking Era,” Edvardsson told Morgunbladid. “It was obviously a place where someone lived, probably in relation to mountain dairy farming.”

“We discovered a hearth and an elevation in one place which is likely a bedstead [a place to sleep], for one or more people,” Edvardsson added.

Archeologists aim at finishing their diggings on Hrútey this weekend. Extensive road constructions are currently taking place there.

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