“Viking Archaeology: The Mosfell Archaeological Project”
May 6-7, 2011
A CMRS Ahmanson Conference at the University of California Los Angeles, sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.
The Viking experience in the North Atlantic differs significantly from the popular image of violent raids and destruction that characterized the Viking Age in Britain and France. In Iceland, Scandinavian seafarers discovered and settled a vast uninhabited land, where they adapted to their new environment and built an unusual society.
This conference is organized by Professor Jesse Byock (MAP Director, Scandinavian Section and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA) and Dr. Davide Zori (MAP Field Director, CMRS, UCLA) with the participation of the Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie, Schloß Gottorf. It examines current research on the Viking Age in the North Atlantic, and focuses on the discoveries and excavations of the Mosfell Archaeological Project (MAP) in the Mosfell Valley of western Iceland.
Directed by Professor Byock, MAP brings together scholars and researchers from Iceland, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and the United States working in the disciplines of archaeology, history, saga studies, anthropology, forensics, genetics, environmental science, and historical architecture. MAP’s goal is to understand how the Mosfell Valley developed from a ninth-century settlement of Norse seafarers into a powerful Icelandic chieftaincy of the Viking Age.
See the complete conference schedule at http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/programs/conference_viking_archaeology_may2011.html
Viking Age Monuments and Sites
"The Saga of a Viking Longhouse"
"Mosfell Archaeological Project: A Viking Landscape," a video about our research
Icelandic TV News Report on Viking Longhouse Excavation
Archaeology in the Mosfell Valley, Mosfellsbær (click "Áfram")
The Mosfell Archaeological Project
Mapping and Documenting a Viking Age Valley System
Viking-age Valley in Iceland: The Mosfell Archaeological Project. Medieval Archaeology: Journal for the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Diatoms as bioindicators of site use: locating turf structures from the Viking Age
Nails, Rivets, and Clench Bolts: a Case for Typological Clarity
Valdamiðstöð I Mosfellsdal Rannsóknir á fornleifum frd timum vikinga að
Hrísbria og Mosfelli
Metallurgical findings from a Viking Age chieftain’s farm in Iceland
Egil Skallagrimssons gård og kirke på Island – fra utgravningene 2001–2005
A Viking Age farm, church, and cemetery at Hrísbrú, Mosfell Valley, Iceland
Egil's Bones Scientific American
Hauskúpan og beinin í Egils sögu
The Skull and Bones in Egil's Saga
Aldrei Fleiri Fornleifarannsoknir
Davide Zori: A new view of the Viking Age
Egil's Grave Morgunbladid
Grave of Egil Skalla-Grímsson found?
Stór gröfin bendir til Egilssögu
Þúsund ára gömul kirkja grafin upp í Mosfellsdal
Við Hrísbrú mættust heiðni og kristni