Ken's Skagafjordur Archaeological Settlement Survey Journal

It's a Wrap
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Home safe and sound late last night. The last couple days flew by. Here's a summary.

Wednesday => While other people watched a backhoe refill our large pit, and then moved sod back to cover it all, I helped the GPR team leader run one of our machines over another site, near a small churchyard, in order to see the extent of a Viking longhouse accidentally discovered there during some recent work.

Thursday => I drove to Reykjavik and back in seven hours. This was done in order to ensure that we would have enough car space for people and gear on our final trip down there. We packed a car with an amazing amount of stuff and I unloaded it at a place near town. The plan was to then drop off the three of us (and our gear) not leaving with the rest of the group and pick up the dropped-off gear of those who were. I volunteered for this mission in hopes of seeing a little more of the country. As it turned out, the weather did not cooperate with that plan except a little at the end.

Friday => We left Saudarkrokur at 3:15 am and did the gear exchange as planned. One of the students and myself stayed with an American professor from the project in the house of an Icelandic professor he knows, who was not home. During the day, then, we wandered Reykjavik visiting the university there as well as a couple museums and quite a few shops. We had a nice self-home-cooked meal and hit the sack early, given the long day we had and the morning flight.

Saturday => A long flight home, thankfully uneventful. My tight connection at Denver turned out well because we arrived half an hour early into there. Kelley had the most delighted face when she spotted me and ran over to me in the airport this time, unlike last year when she hid her face in Shelley's shoulder.

Good to be home, fun though it was!

Sunset on our last night.

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