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Jesse Byock

Professor Emeritus


Professor Byock completed his doctorate at Harvard University, following studies at the Sorbonne, Georgetown University Law School, the University of Iceland, and the University of Lund.

Featured Works

Selected Publications


Articles include: “Governmental Order in Early Medieval Iceland,” “Modern Nationalism and the Medieval Sagas,” “Egil’s Bones” in Scientific American (analyzing the nature of an important Viking grave), and “A Viking-Age Valley in Iceland” in Medieval Archaeology.

Courses commonly taught

Professor Byock teaches in the areas of Viking history and archaeology, early Icelandic society, medieval feuds, and Old Norse saga literature. These texts are a key source of social-historical and legal information about northern European medieval culture. They are also the major source of mythical and heroic lore, containing crucial information about the Norse gods.

Field of Interest

An archaeologist, Jesse Byock directs the Mosfell Archaeological Project and is a Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology focusing on Viking Archaeology.