Professor Jesse Byock

Jesse Byock received his PhD from Harvard in Medieval Scandinavia and Old Norse Language, History, and Sagas. Additionally he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, Georgetown University Law School, the University of Iceland, and the University of Lund in Sweden. At UCLA he is the Director, Old Norse Studies Program and a Professor at UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. He focuses on Viking Archaeology and history. He has published widely on medieval Scandinavia with works translated into numerous languages. Books include Viking Age Iceland (Penguin), Grettir’s Saga (Oxford), the Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin), and Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes and Icelandic Sagas (Jules William Press)  He has been featured in specials on BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service. He was the Specialist narrator for the documentary film for Smithsonian/Public Television, “Leif Eiriksson – The Man Who Almost Changed History,” and historical consultant for the History Channel’s, “The Vikings: Fury from the North.” Dr. Byock has been the recipient of many awards and honors including the Fulbright Distinguished Senior Fellowship Award for Research in Old Norse Archaeology, the Norwegian Government Kulturdepartementet for excavation research, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Viking Archaeology. He speaks or reads several languages including Icelandic and Old Icelandic/Old Norse, Swedish, and French. For more two decades, Professor Byock has been directing the Mosfell Archaeological Project in Iceland, a large and successful Viking Age project.

Tours Led by Jesse Byock

  • Scandinavian Tour: The Vikings of Denmark, Germany, Norway & Sweden viking rune stone Viking TourJuly 6 – 21, 2019 | Steve Ashby More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings dominated northern Europe from their base in Scandinavia. Travel through Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Sweden to view the remains of this culture including wooden stave churches, petroglyph sites, pre-Christian stone ship graves, Viking fortresses, and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.