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Icelandic State Radio RÚV reports that over 30 archaeological research projects are taking place around Iceland.

The Archaeological Heritage Agency of Iceland, established in 2001, is the central authority for protection and management of archaeological monuments and sites in Iceland. According to its website the mission of the agency is to "safeguard the Icelandic cultural heritage and render it intact to future generations. To achieve this, the main focus of the agency is on in-situ preservation of archaeological monuments and sites, to increase public awareness and access to the cultural heritage, and on promoting research."

As of this year, the agency has granted permits for research of 32 projects, 11 in the north, three in the east, six in the south, six in Reykjanes, three in the west and three on the Western Fjords. The projects are varied and include everything from the excavations of farms and grave sites to research on temporary summer dwellings and local assemblies.

Seven of the projects are prompted by a need to preserve artifacts in advance of construction or other land development.

Morgunbladid reported on Saturday that the archaeological excavation by Skridklaustur in Fjótsdal is going well. Last week a bronze coin had been found, several bones, and a decorated window. Knives, scissors, medical equipment and ceramic decorations have also been dug up.

The Institute of Archaeology, Iceland, supports most of the archaeological research projects in one form or another. Further information can be found at http://www.instarch.is/

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