Medieval Fishing at Gufuskálar, Snæfellsnes, Iceland
Lecture by Frank Feeley
Given at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 22, 2012
Recent excavations at the site of Gufuskálar on the far western tip of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula are attempting to rescue valuable archaeological information from a quickly eroding coastline. With two meters of shoreline lost since 2008 this is an urgent project. The large medieval fishing station is the only excavated fishing station on the peninsula and its incredibly well preserved faunal material offers a chance at better understanding the medieval commercial fishing industry on Snæfellsnes and how the region connected to the rest of Europe.