Conferences and Presentations

“Viking Archaeology: The Mosfell Archaeological Project”
May 6-7, 2011

A CMRS Ahmanson Conference at the University f 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.

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