Archaeologists Believe Monks Did Not Share Churches


Ongoing archaeological research into old monastic cloisters in Iceland is indicating that parish churches were not also used as churches for the cloisters, as had usually been assumed. It appears the monks preferred to build their own churches or chapels.

The researchers have now begun their search for the cloisters at Möðruvellir and Munkaþverá in the Eyjafjörður area of North Iceland.

The archaeological research is part of a project by Icelandic and British scientists looking for lost monastic sites in Iceland.

“It has gone especially well at Möðruvellir. We have found ruins on several sites that we want to look closer at,” archaeologist Steinunn J. Kristjánsdóttir told RÚV. Read more.

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