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Archaeologists from seven countries excavating an old Viking farmhouse

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  • Hraundrangar divide Hörgárdalur valley and Öxnadalur valley in North Iceland. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

A team of twelve archaeologists from seven countries have spent the past months excavating Skuggi, an old turf farmhouse located in Horgárdalur valley, North Iceland, which dates back to the 10th century.

A team of archaeologists from City University of New York and the Icelandic Institute of Archaeology discovered the foundation of the Viking farmhouse last summer.

Gísli Pálmason with the Icelandic Institute of Archaeology, said in an interview with Fréttablaðið newspaper today that the house dates back to the time of Iceland’s settlement.

“The farm’s location came as a bit of a surprise – it’s located far in the Hörgárdalur valley. People would have settled Eyjafjörður fjord first, because it is closer to sea, meaning the Hörgárdalur valley must have been fully settled very early on,” he explains. 

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