Þingvellir: A Place of Assembly and a Market?

  title={Þingvellir: A Place of Assembly and a Market?},
  author={Natascha Mehler},
Abstract The site of the Icelandic general assembly at Þingvellir has long been at the center of assembly research. Over the past few decades in particular, archaeologists have criticised the antiquarian investigations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The criticism was directed at the methods used at the time to pinpoint assembly sites and to identify their architectural components, such as booths and court-circles. However, it is also important to take a critical approach to the… 

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  • C. Madsen
  • Environmental Science, History
  • 2019
The Norse that settled Greenland between ca. AD 985 and 1450 were sedentary agropastoralists that combined farming with hunting and organized after a North Atlantic socioeconomic model. Research of

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