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1 October 2009 The “Dairy Farm” of the Hvalsey Fjord Farm
Jette Arneborg, Fuuja Larsen, Niels-Christian Clemmensen
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Based on his archaeological investigations in 1935 at the Hvalsey Fjord farm and church (ruin group Ø83) and at the neighbouring ruins (ruin group Ø83a), the Danish architect Aage Roussell linked the two sites together, stating that the Ø83a buildings had functioned as a subsidiary “dairy farm” to the main farm at Hvalsey (Ø83). Excavations in 2004 showed that the buildings at Ø83a had been in use for a short period only, and artifacts found in 1935 together with the layout and design of the houses point to a date in the early period of the Norse settlement. Roussell did not identify a dwelling at Ø83a, but we argue that one of the houses at Ø83a could have been a dwelling and that the two sites—the Hvalsey Fjord farm (Ø83) and Ø83a—were two individual farms. We suggest that the Ø83a-farm most probably was the predecessor of the Ø83 Hvalsey farm. For unknown reasons, the earlier farm was moved to the Ø83 site.

Jette Arneborg, Fuuja Larsen, and Niels-Christian Clemmensen "The “Dairy Farm” of the Hvalsey Fjord Farm," Journal of the North Atlantic 2(sp2), 24-29, (1 October 2009).
Published: 1 October 2009
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