A scalped peatscape on Nólsoy, Faroe Islands

Kevin J. Edwards, Steffen Stummann Hansen & Gunnar Bjarnason:
A scalped peatscape on Nólsoy, Faroe Islands.
Fróðskaparrit 59 (2011), 122-132.

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An area of land south of the village of Nólsoy, Faroe Islands, has been stripped of its peat and turf capping. Such ‘scalping’ of the land surface is a recognised feature of peatland landscapes in the Northern Isles of Scotland and reflects the need for past human populations to obtain peat, even if population pressures result in the total loss of such a valuable resource. Aspects are discussed together with a consideration of the archaeological features which have been revealed from beneath the peat by scalping on Nólsoy.