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Problems and possibilities when usingbeetle remains (Coleoptera) for interpretation of Post-Medieval settlements in the interdisciplinary Hólar project, Iceland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences. (Hólaransoknin)
2013 (English)In: Archaeologica Islandica, ISSN 1560-8026, Vol. 10, 53-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Theinterdisciplinary project at Hólar has been operational since 2002, in parallelwith several other excavations in Skagafjördur area, e.g. at Kolkuos and Keldudalur. The excavation at Hólar has so farrevealed many houses and a trash midden that developed through time in acomplex system with renewed and new buildings on old ones. Samples formacrofossil insect remains (beetles, Coleoptera) and plant macrofossil analysisare collected continuously. Analysis of subfossil insects face both problemsand possibilities in the interpretation of different rooms of houses, andresults from the time period 2002-2003 from house floors of post-medievalhouses illustrate these interpretative challenges. On one hand, the mainproblem is the low diversity and poor material, while on the other hand theadvantage is the high quality of information received from the identificationof single species and, when available, higher numbers of individuals of species providing much information onboth the indoor and outdoor environments. This study also tested differentsampling routines in former buildings in order to evaluate sampling technique.

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Reykjavik: Fornleifastofnunar Íslands, 2013. Vol. 10, 53-68 p.
Keyword [en]
Subfossil insects, beetles, Coleoptera, house floor, Post-Medieval time, Hólar, Iceland
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Quarternary Geology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207576DiVA: diva2:648642
Hólaransoknin (Hólar project)
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2014-01-21Bibliographically approved

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