Spooky Discovery In Icelandic Cave - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Spooky Discovery In Icelandic Cave

Published August 10, 2015

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Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir/Environment Agency of Iceland

An archaeologist reportedly made “the find of the century” in a newly discovered Icelandic cave.

RÚV reports that the appropriately named cave, Leynir (“Conceals”), was only discovered last year, in the Neshraun lava field of Snæfellsnes. Explorations have been tentative, but Adolf Friðriksson, the director of the Institute of Archaeology, has already made a discovery he is very excited about – signs that a person went into the cave and cooked horse meat at some point in the 12th century, despite there being no record of any people living in the area at the time.

“This archaeological find is one of the most unusual of the past century,” Adolf told reporters. “These are very unusual items, which are difficult to explain. It’s a strange mystery we’re dealing with.”

In addition to their being no historic record of human habitation in the region during the 12th century, the eating of horse meat was expressly forbidden by the church at the time – and was generally frowned upon by pagans, too. Adolf speculates that perhaps the cave visitor may have hoped to eat horse meat secretly, and stole away to the cave for this reason.

Further investigation of the cave will take place this September.

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