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Jesse Byock

An Update on the Findings of the Mosfell Archaeological Project

Thursday February 13, 2014, at 16.30
Árnagarður 311

Jesse Byock
Jesse Byock

This talk discusses the findings of the Mosfell Archaeological Project (MAP). It focuses on the excavations at Hrísbrú, the farm of the Mosfell Chieftains in Mosfellsdalur. The finds provide a wealth of new information about life in landnám and Viking Age Iceland, including the presence of a mixed pagan and Christian community. The assemblage of newly discovered and well-preserved sites, all within a single valley, is providing a nuanced picture of a dynamic political, religious, and economic landscape. For background information on MAP see http://www.viking.ucla.edu/mosfell_project/

Jesse Byock is Professor at UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and Professor in UCLA’s Scandinavian Section. He is Director of the Mosfell Archaeological Project and affiliate professor in the Department of History and the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies Program at Háskóli Íslands.