A Viking-age Valley in Iceland: The Mosfell Archaeological Project

  title={A Viking-age Valley in Iceland: The Mosfell Archaeological Project},
  author={Jesse L. Byock and Phillip L. Walker and Jon M. Erlandson and Per Holck and Davide Zori and M. T. Guđmundsson and Mark Axel Tveskov},
  journal={Medieval Archaeology},
  pages={195 - 218}
Abstract THIS is an account of both the history and the recent findings of the Mosfell Archaeological Project. Excavation is part of an interdisciplinary research approach that uses archaeology, history, anthropology, forensics, environmental sciences and saga studies to construct a picture of human habitation, power relationships, religious and mortuary practices, and environmental change in the region of Mosfellssveit in south-western Iceland. The valley system with surrounding highlands and… 

Introduction: New Approaches to the Study of the Viking Age Settlement across the North Atlantic

  • T. Price
  • History, Geography
    Journal of the North Atlantic
  • 2018
Abstract This volume presents the results of a symposium focused on a project of archaeological research concerned with the colonization of the North Atlantic using new methods of analysis. This

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Between ca. A.D. 800–1000, Scandinavian chiefly societies with a mixed maritime and agricultural economy expanded into the North Atlantic, colonizing Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, Hebrides, Faeroes,

Estimating Scandinavian and Gaelic ancestry in the male settlers of Iceland.

Results based on a study of Y-chromosome diallelic and microsatellite variation in 181 Icelanders, 233 Scandinavians, and 283 Gaels from Ireland and Scotland indicate closer matrilineal links with populations of the British Isles, which supports the model, put forward by some historians, that the majority of females in the Icelandic founding population had Gaelic ancestry.

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Egil's bones.

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  • Physics, Medicine
    Scientific American
  • 1995

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