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The Settlement Exhibition deals with the settlement of Reykjavik, based on archaeological digs in the center of Reykjavik. The exhibition’s centerpiece is a 9th century longhouse, the remains of which were found during construction work in Adalstræti. North of the longhouse, an even older fragment of a wall was found. This dated from ca. 871 AD, making it the oldest remains of human habitation that have yet been found in Iceland.

The exhibition has a reconstruction of what Reykjavik might have looked like before settlement. Multimedia techniques are used, including a computerised reconstruction of the longhouse’s interior.

 

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