Thingvellir church 2009-2010 excavation

 

In 2009 a small excavation took place in a limited area in front of the Thingvellir Church.  The project started as a watching brief due to renovation of the pathway and the entry walkway to the church. When remains started to appear a rescue excavation was conducted.

The excavation took place in a limited area to the west of the of the church door and in aDSC08249.JPG narrow area along the south side of the church  As soon as the walkway  had been removed remains appeared.  In front of the church an older cobbled path was discovered which might have belonged to an older church building.

It is not known from which date it is but most likely it is later than the year 1500. Floorlayer and fireplace were discovered possibly from an earlier booth.  Not much is left of the booth besides the floorlayer and fireplace.

In total  1090 artifacts were found and and registered under 390 find numbers  and some interresting finds, e.g. a copperweigh approx 250. gr and a silver coin from the 10th century.

A report on the findings of the excavation can be downloaded here:

Safe travel in Iceland
Travellers should prepare well for each trip and know its trail and route conditions.
The THING Project
The THING Project is based on the Thing sites that are the assembly sites spread across North West Europe as a result of the Viking diaspora and Norse settlements.
World heritage
Thingvellir was accepted on the World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004 at World Heritage Committee meeting in China.
Protection and management
Thingvellir National Park was designated by a special law on the protection of the area, passed by the Alþing on 7th May, 1928.