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The dating of the settlement of Iceland has been debated for many years. According to written sources (sagas) from the early 12th century, the first Norwegian settlers arrived in Iceland in AD 874. However, some14C dates from the earliest archaeological sites in Iceland, invariably from samples of birch and other indigenous wood species, have yielded surprisingly old ages, older by 100–150 yr than the historical date, suggesting that the settlement took place in the 7th or 8th century. In thisdoi:10.1017/s0033822200039692 fatcat:lzgyiocbgzco5a36whjkm627nq