Hovsdalur, an area delimited by the great cirques of upland central uouroy, draining into the valley of the Hovsa and terminating in the east at the coastal amphitheatre of Hovsfiordur, is a microcosm of the Faroes. The area contains the physical and economic features which characterize the greater part of the island group - mountain, valley, and coast, and marine, cultivation, and grazing environments. Data comprising mainly geomorphological, palynological, and pedological evidence, covering the period prior to and subsequent to the initial Norse settlement ( landnam), are used to test a series of hypotheses which exemplify the human ecology of the area. Not all the hypotheses, or aspects of them, proved acceptable - the Norse period clearly coincided with a number of vegetational and pedological changes, but this must be set partly against a backdrop of long- term geomorphological activity.
- Faroe Islands
- early Holocene