For the past nine years, archaeologists have been excavating what they believe is Iceland's oldest hospital, dating to the early 16th century. The building, located near Skriduklaustur in east Iceland, was part of a monastery.
185 skeletons have been found near the site of the monastery, many showing signs of diseases such as syphilis and tuberculosis. A recent find was the remains of a patient suffering from Paget’s disease, which causes causes overgrowth and deformation of the bones. Experts believe that the sick from all over Iceland traveled to the hospital for treatment.