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Gudrun Sveinbjarnardottir
  • gudrun.s@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Gudrún Sveinbjarnardóttir

  • BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, FSA
  • Honorary Lecturer, UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Project Manager Reykholt excavations, Snorrastofa and National Museum of Iceland

Research Interests

  • Medieval period in Northern and Western Europe
  • Settlement patterns and material culture
  • Viking settlement in the North Atlantic and its human and ecological consequences

Current Projects and Research

  • Completion of books on the excavations at the medieval chieftain‘s site of Reykholt
  • Reykholt in Borgarfjörður. An interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with the National Museum of Iceland, the University of Iceland and Snorrastofa, the centre for medieval studies at Reykholt
  • The shielings of Reykholt in Borgarfjörður. An interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with the University of Iceland, Snorrastofa and a number of scholars in Norway, Sweden and Great Britain

Career Summary

  • Leverhulme Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, UCL (2002-7)
  • Temporary lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, UCL (2001)
  • Freelance archaeologist, researcher and teacher (1994-2000)
  • Research fellow, National Museum of Iceland (1991-3)
  • Freelance archaeologist, researcher and teacher (1983-1990)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (1979-82)
  • Research assistant, British Museum (1979)

Educational Background

  • 1987: PhD, University of Birmingham
  • 1975: MPhil in Medieval Archaeology, University College London
  • 1972: BA (Hons) in History and German, University of Iceland

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