A team from the Discovery Channel is currently filming archeological diggings supervised by Adolf Fridriksson in Hringsdalur valley by Arnarfjördur fjord in the Westfjords in a series about the work of archeologists around the world.
Discovery’s filming in Iceland revolves around archeological findings in Hringsdalur and in Skriduklaustur, an old monastery in east Iceland, and the new series will air next year, Morgunbladid reports.
The diggings by Skriduklaustur are finished, but archeologists are still unearthing a pagan grave discovered in Hringsdalur last weekend.
“The script was made in the last few weeks and now shooting is taking place,” Fridriksson said. “This has been very exciting and the people who came here [the Discovery Channel crew] are obviously very professional and well traveled.”
“For us scholars it is an interesting experience to see how these people form material that we know mostly from a scientific point of view,” Fridriksson added. “We have been very busy with digging and investigating. After ten years of hard work we have a lot of material, but we haven’t really tried to tell others about it.”
“What we need is to submit our scientific conclusions in a clear and accessible way which everyone can understand and enjoy,” the archeologist concluded.
Iceland has not been well known for archeological treasures until in recent years through connections established between Icelandic and foreign archeologists and the institutes they work for.
That is how Discovery learned about archeological diggings in Iceland, which reveal the country’s historical and cultural heritage.