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Unexpected Discovery of Ancient Lodge

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Unexpected Discovery of Ancient Lodge

The archeological dig at Lækjargata — Photo: Lísabet Guðmundsdóttir

Archeologists have unexpectedly discovered the remains of a large settlement-era lodge at Lækjargata in central Reykjavík.

The lodge is thought to have been at least 20 meters long and 5,5 meters wide—with one of the largest long-fires in Icelandic history, at minimum 5,2 meters in length.

A full age analysis has not yet been completed, but the lodge is understood to date from the Icelandic settlement period (874-930 AD).

It is then believed to have been significantly larger than the one discovered at Aðalstræti in 2001.

“This discovery has surprised us all, and is really a rewriting of the history of Reykjavík,” said Þorsteinn Bergsson, director of Minjavernd—a state-run organization charged with protecting buildings and grounds of historical importance—to Morgunblaðið.

The find was featured in today’s print edition of Morgunblaðið.

The Icelandic Institute of Archeology runs a Facebook page where they regularly share pictures and updates from their various digs around the country.

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