• Fornleifastofnun Íslands

    The Institute of Archaeology
    Iceland
  • Fornleifastofnun Íslands

    The Institute of Archaeology
    Iceland

Fornleifastofnun Íslands

ABOUT US

The aim of the Institute is to increase research and publication in archaeology and related fields. Particular emphasis has been put on development and improvement and members of the Institute have participated in various activities: the revision of the antiquities legislation and the reorganization of the heritage management; development and improvement of methods of archaeological survey, excavation, environmental assessment and data management. Our staff.

Our Services

  • Archaeological Survey

    Archaeological Survey

    Over 20 years ago, we took a leading role in defining the role of archaeological survey in conserving and understanding Iceland’s cultural heritage. Since then we have recorded almost 100.000 heritage assets across the country.

    Visit our survey page here

  • Impact assessment

    Impact assessment

    An understanding of the historic landscape is essential to good design and responsible construction. We offer impact assessment services for planning proposals, as well as oversight of groundworks.

  • Excavation

    Excavation

    Every year, we conduct several excavations in the North Atlantic. See our project list for an up-to-date overview.

    Our team is able to plan and carry out complex excavations. Please get in touch to learn more.

  • Artefact recording

    Artefact recording and conservation

    We offer recording and conservation services for a number of artefact types. Please get in touch to learn more.

  • Heritage Interpretation

    Heritage Interpretation

    We've devoted significant time into heritage interpretation and research, including a number of studies of the value of archaeology to tourism. Visit our heritage interpretation here

Publications

Research reports

A catalogue of our work

We have published over 500 reports in the past two decades. A significant proportion of these are available online.

Archaeologia Islandica

Annual peer-reviewed journal

Archaeologia Islandica is the first and only venue specially dedicated to aspects of Icelandic archaeology and material culture and provides a forum for the wider dissemination of such work to the international community. The editor is Orri Vésteinsson.

Other Publications

We have an excavation monograph series, and an edited volume on our first ten years. Our members have also published widely.

Education

The Vatnsfjörður Field School

The Field School is an annual course established in 1997 in order to promote and facilitate research in Icelandic archaeology. Students from all over Europe and North America have attended the school where they are given a solid grounding in all aspects of Icelandic archaeology. The course runs 4 weeks during the summer and consists of field training, lectures, seminars and workshops, supervised by an international team of leading archaeologists and scientists. For more information, visit the Field School home page

The Kids' Archaeology School

The Kids archaeology program started in 2006 as a small idea, between local enthusiasts and visiting scholars and scientists in the Þingeyjarsveit municipality and Þingeyjarsýsla region in Northern Iceland. The aim of the Kids archaeology program is to give local school children (aged 6-15) an opportunity to learn about, and take part in archaeological and ecological research taking place in their local environment. Through classroom activities as well as site-visits and experiments the students get an actual introduction to a scientific, academic discipline on their own terms where they enter and learn as active participants, rather than passive, receiving bystanders. For more information, visit the school home page

The University of Iceland

The Institute of Archaeology has had a strong collaboration with the archaeology department at the University of Iceland ever since the department was founded. Visit the department website here.

ISLEIF, our site register now has just under 100.000 entries, making it by far the most comprehensive resource on Iceland's archaeological heritage

Our Projects

NEWS

Tímamót í útgáfu Archaeologia Islandica

Stórmerkum áfanga í sögu útgáfu um fornleifafræði á Íslandi var náð í sumar þegar rit Fornleifastofnunar Íslands, Archaeologia Islandica, kom út í tíunda skipti. Við þessi tímamót tekur Orri Vésteinsson við ritstjórn af dr. Gavin Lucas sem hefur ritstýrt ArchIs frá upphafi.

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Gróska í bókaútgáfu um fornminjar

Nú er gósentíð í bókaútgáfu um fornminjar og fornleifarannsóknir en margar bækur hafa komið út á síðustu árum og eru væntanlegar. Nýjasta dæmið er bók Hjörleifs Stefánssonar, Af jörðu, glæsilegt rit um íslensk torfhús. Af eldri bókum má nefna bók Steinunnar Kristjánsdóttur um uppgröftinn á Skriðuklaustri, bók Guðrúnar Sveinbjarnardóttur um uppgröftinn í Reykholti, Mannvist eftir Birnu Lárusdóttur, bók um uppgröftinn á Hofstöðum í ritstjórn Gavins Lucas og greinasafnið Upp á yfirborðið sem Fornleifastofnun gaf út.

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Ráðstefna NABO á Akureyri

Dagana 12.-13. júlí næstkomandi fer fram fjölbreytt og spennandi ráðstefna NABO (North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation) á Stofnun Vilhjálms Stefánssonar á Akureyri. Fornleifastofnun Íslands kemur að mörgum af þeim rannsóknum sem kynntar verða á ráðstefnunni en frekari upplýsingar og dagskrá er að finna á heimasíðu NABO: http://www.nabohome.org/meetings/Akureyri2013/

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NÝ GREIN UM FORNGARÐA

Fyrr í þessum mánuði kom Árbók Þingeyinga út. Árbókin er sameiginlegt héraðsrit Norður- og Suður-Þingeyjarsýslu. Í bókinni er að vanda að finna margar fróðlegar og skemmtilegar greinar en að þessu sinni eiga tveir starfsmanna Fornleifastofnunar grein í ritinu.

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FORNLEIFASKRÁNING Í ÖRÆFUM

Árið 2011 fengu starfsmenn Fornleifastofnunar úthlutað litlum styrk úr Kvískerjasjóði til að hefja vettvangsskráningu á fornleifum á jörðinni Kvískerjum í Öræfum. Kvísker er austasti bær í gamla Hofhreppi í Öræfum, sunnan undir Öræfajökli. Á jörðinni búa enn tveir aldraðir bændur sem muna svo sannarlega tímanna tvenna. Skráningin fór fram síðasta haust og miðaðist að því að safna fróðleik hjá Kvískerjabræðrum og skrá minjar í heimatúni og í nágrenni þess.

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NÝJAR GRÆNLENSKAR RÚNIR FUNDUST Í SUMAR

Síðastliðið sumar fór fram uppgröftur í þorpinu Igaliku á Suður-Grænlandi. Staðurinn hét áður Garðar og þar var biskupsstóll norrænu byggðanna á Grænlandi. Þar eru vel þekktar rústir kirkju og miklar byggingaleifar frá miðöldum. Fornleifafræðingar frá Fornleifastofnun Íslands tóku þátt í uppgreftinum ásamt félögum sínum frá Grænlandi, Danmörku og Bandaríkjunum.

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CONTACT

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