List of Sites
The Buksnesfjord-area has a large number of cultural-heritage sites from the Iron Age. The area is considered to have been important during the early Iron-Age.
At Holsneset is the largest boat-house dwelling in Northern Norway and a larger burial site is situated at Holsøya. A court-site is recorded in the Leknes area. Part of this concentration is the graveyard at Ballstadøya, Buksnes prestegård, Fygle and Einangen.
Today we can barely trace the court-site at Leknes, due to modern development, but it is accepted that there must have been about 14 to15 houses gathered around an oval "courtyard". In 1950, the remains of 4 house-dwellings were still preserved and these were excavated in 1951. The complex is interpreted as part of a central-farm which must have existed in the area, probably close to the modern "Parish". The distance from the court-site to the boat-house dwelling and the burial-field is 1 to1.5 km.
The area is partly private, partly public.
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Munch, G., Johansen, O.S. and Roesdal, E. (2003). Borg in Lofoten. A chieftain's farm in North Norway. Arkeologisk Skriftserie 1.
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Vestvågøy Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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