Landmark project to collectively protect archaeological sites in Iceland

Gjáin, Þjórsárdalur valley, Iceland
Gjáin, Þjórsárdalur valley, Iceland Image: Bromr Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0

The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland is working on an unprecedented landmark project that would collectively protect dozens of archaeological sites within Þjórsárdalur valley. Archaeological sites in Iceland are usually protected individually, but if the project is realised, it would be the first ever to protect multiple sites under a single declaration.

Þjórsárdalur valley is the site of over 20 Viking Age farmsteads, the most recent of which was rediscovered just last fall. The area has yielded artefacts of interest such as a unique Thor’s hammer pendant dating back over 900 years.

Read the full article at Iceland Review.

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