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Final Conclusion: Iceland Settled Way before 870

Physicist Páll Theodórsson at the University of Iceland Science Institute has now concluded his extensive research of the settlement of Iceland and his final conclusion is that the country was settled long before 874 as is stated in written sources.

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In his research, Páll compared a number of studies and age analysis, which, according to him, indisputably proves that the settlement of Iceland began 100 to 200 years earlier than believed until now, reports.

For years, Páll has worked on the development of a method to analyze the age of carbon, which he says can prove twice as accurate as methods used today.

The latest research in the Faroe Islands indicates that settlement started there in 400 to 500 but not around 820 as believed so far.

Páll will discuss his conclusions in a presentation at the University of Iceland at noon today. He stated that in light of his research, it’s necessary to review the history of the Icelandic settlement.


12.06.2011 | Professor Disputes Earlier Settlement in Iceland


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