Close to Iceland's Keflavík International Airport lies a special bridge. It connects two continents, America to the west and Europe to the east, as it lies across the point where two tectonic plates are diverging. A few minutes southwards from the bridge is Gunnuhver, a hot spring area named after a ghost.
28.11.2005 | 14:07
Archaeologist dates nine skeletons to settlement
The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, reports that the archaeologist Hildur Gestsdottir has dated nine skeletons that have been excavated out of ancient grave-sites to the period of settlement.
According to Hildur, the residual levels of Strontium found in the teeth of nine skeletons indicate that the individuals were born not in Iceland but abroad.
Carbondating has further shown that all nine died before the year 1000 A.D.
In the Book of Settlement, written in the early 12th century, Ari Thorgilsson "the Learned" traced the settlement of Iceland back to the 9th century A.D.
Hildur presented her findings in a public lecture at the University of Iceland yesterday.
Chair of the parliamentary budget committee, Vigdís Hauksdóttir, told RÚV this morning that the government is discussing cutting aid to developing countries by hundreds of millions of ISK and instead increasing spending on domestic healthcare.
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