Archaeologists discover a giant hut described in an Icelandic medieval saga

Archaeologists discover a giant hut described in an Icelandic medieval saga

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The find confirms the hypothesis that the inhabitants of ancient Iceland were capable of building large buildings.

Archaeologists discovered in the Arnarfjörður fjord, in northeast Iceland, the remains of a large medieval hut that would correspond to one of the buildings described in a saga that narrates the occupation of the area, report local media.

Following the discovery of an old ash pile, specialists began excavations in the area in 2017 that brought to light the remains of a 10th century agrarian settlement.

The study authors believe that it is a settlement mentioned in the Icelandic saga ‘Landnámabók’ written in the first half of the 12th century. This work includes the names of the first inhabitants of Iceland and 1,400 different locality names.

Archaeologists unearthed an earthen house with an oven and an adjacent 23-meter-long hut at the site. Experts believe another area is located near the area, as well as three houses, an iron workshop and a cowgirl.

As explained Margrét Hallmundsdóttir who heads the excavations, the agricultural activity lasted hundreds of years in the place and underwent various changes throughout that time.

The discovery of the hut confirms the theory that in ancient Iceland they were capable of building large buildings, a hypothesis that was handled for years among archaeologists in the country.

Researchers argue that his discovery serves to distinguish fact from fiction in ancient Icelandic sagas. Although they were previously considered purely mythological, this archaeological find would suggest that some of those accounts were based on real people, events and places.

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