Tillögur að MA verkefnum

List of Suggested MA Theses/ritgerðir / MA projects (30 ects)

 

Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir

  • Algeng beinbrot og áverkar sem merki um líf og störf fólks – barna, fullorðinna, kvenna og karla – á íslenskum miðöldum út frá fyrirliggjandi greiningum mannabeina /Fractures and injuries in medieval Iceland. Fractures and injuries on human bones may be used as the indicators for the activities of children, adults, men and women. This project aims to identify the activities of the different social groups in medieval Iceland by using the existing reports on the human bone collections.

 

  • Nýting vatns til forna á Íslandi – trú, siðir, nauðsyn / The management of water in religion and everyday life in Viking Age and/or Medieval Iceland. Water is not only an essential source for humans to survive. It is also a part of their rituals and habits. The project aims to search for indications on the use of water (through wells, containers, drainages, wellsprings, etc.) in different social contexts in medieval Iceland.

 

  • Kristnivæðingin um 1000 og innra skipulag íveruhúsa á Íslandi / The Christianization process in the 10th and 11th c. and the changes of everyday life in Iceland. Considerable changes appeared in the inner arrangements of dwelling houses during the period of the early Christianization process in Iceland. This project aims to investigate these changes in the light of renewed gender roles of Christianity.

 

Gavin Lucas

  • How objects move on – the case of pottery. A study of how and why some pottery ends up in museums, some in secondhand/antique stores, and some is thrown away. What factors are involved in the way ceramics are discarded?

 

  • Icelandic stave vessels – a study of construction methods, dating and typology based mainly on archaeological collections.

 

Orri Vésteinsson

  • Gripir frá Bergþórshvoli – gerð heildstæðrar gripaskrár og samanburður við aðra bæjarhóla sem spanna margar aldir, t.d. Stóruborg, Skútustaði og Svalbarð. / The material culture of Bergþórshvoll – the project involves the assembly of a finds catalogue from the 1927-29 excavations and analysis of long term developments in comparison to other diachronic assemblages, e.g. Stóraborg, Skútustaðir and Svalbarð.

 

  • The ethnoarchaeology of marine mammal exploitation in Iceland.  Comparison of the ethnographic/historical record with the archaeological evidence throwing light on to what extent we are finding sea mammal remains that are consistent with the ethnographic evidence and to what extent does the archaeological record suggest a different picture (and if so what does that mean? Actual change or evidential bias?).

 

  • Distribution of marine mammal remains in archaeological sites in Iceland.  Survey of the evidence, including sites / assemblages with no marine mammal remains (is it because they are small, is it taphonomy or is it a real difference: are some sites without any marine mammal component?).  The main objective would be to analyze variability in mammal bone assemblages (by species, bone size and % of artefacts) and relate this to site location – is it a matter of access to the sea, or an effect of exchange networks? 

 

  • Dreifing vinnanlegs mýrarauða. Íslenskur jarðvegur er yfirleitt járnríkur en vinnanlegur mýrarauði er hinsvegar ekki allsstaðar.  Verkefnið felst í að skilgreina hvaða aðstæður séu nauðsynlegar til að rauði teljist vinnanlegur og kortleggja hversu útbreiddar þær aðstæður eru.  / The distribution of bog iron in Iceland.  Icelandic soils normally have high iron content but not everywhere in concentrations that would justify its exploitation.  The project aims to define which conditions are necessary for the processing of bog ore and map their distribution.