Iron making during the Viking period Iceland - lost heritage rediscovered
A group of common nerds and specialists, including archaeologists, has been trying to rediscover how the iron-making skills of Viking period Europe were translated to a new and geologically different territory in Viking time Iceland. It is a mystery for the reason that in Iceland, no useful minerals can be found, that was identical to the clay that was the main building material in European iron age furnaces. The group decided to form a festival, homage to experimental archaeology, where they could try out their theories, with the participation of common visitors. And there could be no better place to do that in Iceland, than Eiriksstadir; the birthplace of Leif Eiriksson, where a longhouse stands, the exact replica based on a 10th-century ruin of the house of Erik the Red. The site is a representation of experimental archaeology to the core, being built by archaeologists, teamed up with modern architects and skilled craftsmen. This perfect location attracted many guests, who enjoyed taking part in making the first iron in Iceland for at least 700 years.
Community engagement, Education