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The Ruins of a Viking Settlement
In 1939 this Icelandic Heritage Site was excavated by a team of archaeologists. Stöng is located in the valley of Þjórsárdalur in southern Iceland. When the excavations took place, they found five farms and a churchyard. Its importance lies in the Þjórsárdalur research program of the 20th century being this one the first time trained archeologists from Iceland reunited and carried out a research. It is believed that the farm was abandoned in 1104 due to the volcanic eruption of Mt. Hekla.
A smithy and a cowshed were also found in 1939. In 1992 and 1993 new excavations began, and a church was discovered. We visited the farmhouse, now protected with a roof installed in 1950. Further improvements are happening for the reconstruction of this historic site. In the pictures, you will see the central area, which is the hall of the farmhouse, living rooms, and areas that are believed to be toilets and a pantry.
Stöng, Viking-era Long house, Iceland