Ágústa Edwald: Abstract and keywords

Ritið 1/14 - 2014

Ágústa Edwald: Víðivellir by the Icelandic River. Archaeology of New Iceland

This article discusses the results of an archaeological excavation at the farm Víðivellir in the former settlement of New Iceland, Canada. The farm was occupied by Icelandic settlers and remained in the same family until the turn of the last century. The discussion weaves together the archaeological and historical evidence to portray a picture of everyday life of the families on the farm. It focuses especially on their material culture, the buildings, agricultural practices and consumption patterns. It is necessary to tell personal stories alongside grander narratives to increase our understanding of the settlement process and the cultural continuity and changes which were spurred by the migration.

Keywords: archaeology, migration, material culture, New Iceland

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