Leiðbeinandi: Orri Vésteinsson
Heiti doktorsverkefnis: Quern Stone Use and Production in Iceland from the 9th to the early 20th century.
Quern stones are pairs of flat round stones closely fitted together for use in grinding cereals and other food stuffs between them. Such stones have been produced locally in Iceland at least as early as the 10th century. The aims of this research project are: 1) to explore what history and the Icelandic quernstone collection can tell us about cereal cultivation and consumption in Iceland as well as import of cereals and/or meal, 2) to shed light on the local production and what their product value was within the economic framework; and 3) to find out where the technical knowledge needed to construct, produce and distribute locally made quern stones in Iceland came from and what it tells us about the adaptability and technological capabilities of the Icelandic nation before the industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century.