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Viking Days

The formal name of this Settlement Exhibition hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum refers to the date range of a layer of volcanic material (tephra) that helps archaeologists date the featured ruins. The remnants of an earthen wall predating that eruptive layer constitute among the oldest evidence of human habitation in Iceland's capital. Also here is a Settlement Age-era hall, part of a Viking longhouse, plus numerous artifacts from that era. Snazzily presented, the Settlement Exhibition provides an illuminating look at the deep roots of Icelandic colonization--and the layered history underneath one of Europe's hippest capitals.

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