Reconstructing aspects of the daily life in late 19th and early 20th-century Iceland: archaeoentomological analysis of the Vatnsfjörður Farm, NW Iceland

Veronique Forbes, Allison Bain, Guðrún Alda Gísladóttir, Karen B Milek

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Abstract

To better understand the daily lives and living conditions of late 19th and early 20th-century Icelandic farmers, archaeoentomological analyses were undertaken using sediment samples collected at the site of Vatnsfjörður, in the Westfjords. Used in a contextual and multidisciplinary analytical framework, the analysis of preserved insect remains from multiple archaeological contexts allowed the identification of domestic activities, including animal products and hay storage, house renovations, floor maintenance, and trade. The hygienic conditions within the buildings and of their occupants were also interpreted along with some elements of the local landscape. This study demonstrates the potential of archaeoentomology to contribute to a better understanding of daily life in Early Modern Iceland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-110
Number of pages34
JournalArchaeologia Islandica
Volume8
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • archaeoentomology
  • Iceland
  • westfjords
  • 19th-20th century
  • early modern period
  • living conditions
  • activity areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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