Archaeologist dates nine skeletons to settlement


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.