Davide Marco Zori
Associate Professor of History and Archaeology
Davide Zori's research concentrates on the medieval world with research foci on the Viking expansion into the North Atlantic and the widespread 8th-12th century phenomenon of Italian population movements onto defended hilltops . He employs a multidisciplinary approach to the Middle Ages, combining material culture and written evidence. He conducts archaeological fieldwork in Iceland addressing the interaction of the Norse settlers with new environments, the construction of a migrant society, and the subsequent evolution of endemic political systems. As the director of the San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project, he has been leading excavations of an Etruscan necropolis and a medieval castle complex in central Italy. Since 2015 this project has been partnering with a series of international universities and incorporating Baylor students into interdisciplinary fieldwork and primary research.
Dr. Zori teaches in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and is affiliated faculty of the Department of History. He is currently open to taking graduate students through the History Department that have interests in the medieval archaeology, Vikings, and/or medieval Italy.
- Ph.D. 2010 University of California, Los Angeles. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
- M.A. 2004 University of California, Los Angeles. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
- B.A. 2002 University of Florida. Departments of History and Anthropology.
- From Etruscan Urban Center to Medieval Fortified Village: San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project. 2018. Davide Zori, Colleen Zori, Lori Baker, Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati, Candace Livingston, Deirdre Fulton, and Dennis Wilken. Antiquity 92 (363, Project Gallery): 1-8.
- Archaeometallurgical Analysis of Maritime Steel Nails from Crusader Jaffa, ca. 13th century AD. 2018. Brett Kaufman, Davide Zori, Aaron Burke, and Martin Peilstöcker. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 18 (2): 67-86.
- The Integrating Human Activities, Archeology, and the Paleo-Critical Zone Paradigm. Joe Ferraro, Julie Hoggarth, Davide Zori, Katie Binetti, and Gary Stinchcomb. 2018. Frontiers in Earth Science 6 (84): 1-4.
- Cereal Cultivation as a Correlate of High Social Status in Medieval Iceland. 2018. Scott Riddell, Egill Erlendsson, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Kevin Edwards, Jesse Byock, and Davide Zori. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 27: 679-696.
- A Bayesian Approach to Linking Archaeological, Paleoenvironmental and Documentary Datasets Relating to the Settlement of Iceland (Landnám). 2018. Magdalena ME Schmid, Davide Zori, Egill Erlendsson, Cathy Batt, Brian N Damiata, and Jesse Byock. The Holocene 28 (1): 19-33.
- Viking Age Archaeology in Iceland: Mosfell Archaeological Project. 2014. Davide Zori and Jesse Byock (eds.) Brepols Publishers, Turnhout.
Courses Taught at Baylor
- History Department Courses: The Vikings; Early Medieval Europe, History and Material Culture (summer fieldwork)
- BIC Courses: World Cultures I and II; Social World I and II
Summer Research Field School
- Director of San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project (www.sgarp.org) and Baylor summer study abroad Archaeology Research in Italy
Dr. Davide Marco Zori CV