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North Iceland Archeological Project Going Well

A good overview has been achieved of the harbor area at Kolkuós by Skagafjördur fjord in north Iceland, which used to serve as a trading post and harbor for the bishopric Hólar. Six camps have been excavated which are believed to be from the 12th century.

Skagafjördur. View of Drangey island. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Archeologist Ragnheidur Traustadóttir, the project’s leader, told Morgunbladid that she and her team have been successful in withstanding the natural elements at Kolkuós where there is significant land erosion.

This summer 20 archeologists were at work in the area and they have unearthed many interesting objects, including a fairly intact needle box with a needle inside, four other needles, a sharpener, hotplate and whale bones that had been altered. Also, the remains of a paved road have been found.

The Kolkuós project is part of a larger archeological project at Hólar which has been ongoing since 2003.

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