Farming a dangerous land in medieval Iceland

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Ramona Harrison


Førsteamanuensis i arkeologi, Ramona Harrison holder foredraget "Farming a dangerous land in medieval Iceland". Her vil hun presentere ny innsikt fra tverrfaglig forskning i Islands Eyjafjord-region. Foredraget blir holdt på engelsk.

Settled for the first time during the Viking Age, Iceland was a remote, yet important part of medieval Europe from about AD900.

The island is well-known as the land of Fire and Ice. It is perhaps less well-known as the land of regional snow-and rock avalanches, where devastating disasters forced medieval settlers to either abandon or reorganize their homes and farmsteads. Farming was a year-round activity and included seasonal work at more remote shieling sites as well as coastal fishing stations to secure the livelihood of the rural communities. Eventually, fish and woolen cloth would become staple Icelandic exports in the High Middle Ages.

The colourful traces left by volcanic eruptions in the soil often help us date the archaeological remains of the people on the land and the coast and allow us to wonder how living with extreme volcanic eruptions, extreme weather episodes, and epidemics such as the Black Death may have influenced the society.

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