Terrace Archaeology

and Culture in Europe



Storfjord, W Norway:

10th Century-Early Modern

Fjord farms

Cool Maritime

Fjord farms, situated on alluvial cones along the steep cliffs of the fjord, have long been a solution to cultivation in Norway, where accessible, arable land can be scarce. The farms along along Storfjord in Møre og Romsdal boast lynchets which may, in some cases, predate the standing farms. In at least one case, Viking -era burials have been found, suggesting land-use in these isolated plots for at least a millennium.

Collaborator: Kristoffer Dahle


Geiranger, Geirangerfjord, W Norway:


Fjord/ Lynchet-House System

Cool Maritime

Though rare in Norway, owing to the frequency of agriculture on the raised beaches and the severe steepness of surrounding slopes, stone-built terraces are found along some shallower slopes, usually dating to later historical periods. At the town of Geiranger on Geirangerfjord in Møre og Romsdal, stone-built terraces surround the town, largely given over to sheep grazing with some small scale cultivation. TerrACE investigations in the summer of 2020 will attempt to determine the history of these terraces.