Chelsi Slotten

Chelsi Slotten
American University Washington D.C. | AU · Department of Anthropology

Doctor of Philosophy


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Publications (15)
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Utilizing skeletal remains from the Viking Age in Denmark, this dissertation seeks to uncover how gender influenced lived experiences and identity formation during this period. Historically, biases regarding the inherent abilities of individuals of either gender have heavily influenced analysis in this area. Bioarchaeology offers a unique perspecti...
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The Viking Era has been characterized as a time of great violence in both modern and historical accounts, however, little work has been done to analyze the cultural norms and practical considerations surrounding healthcare during the Viking Age. If Viking Age society was as violent as purported, it would have needed to have well-honed systems of ca...
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Public archaeology has become increasingly important over the past 15 years, although archaeologists still struggle with effectively communicating research to the public. The goal of “engaging the public in order to share archaeological findings and/or promote stewardship of cultural resources” is often not met due to challenges created by typicall...
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History is written by the victors, or in archaeology by the society that undertakes archaeological excavation and analysis. This means that modern biases are often evident in these analyses and often, but not always, uncritically accepted in our work. My paper addresses the issue of modern gender biases being applied to the Viking Age through an an...
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This paper offers an overview of the exceptional collection of archaeological and bioarchaeological data recently recovered in salvage excavations carried out during the restoration of the San Ignacio Jesuit church in Bogotá, Colombia –one of the most important monuments erected in the Spanish colonial province of New Granada. The archaeological re...
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This paper will explore the ways in which disability and impairment have been studied in the archaeological record, particularly through the analysis of skeletal remains and their associated funerary context. I will reexamine several case studies where disability has been assumed, taking into consideration recent criticism regarding the amount of m...
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Effectively communicating scholarly work can be a challenge. Publications can be difficult to access or not well known to the public or alternatively they can go viral and be misrepresented in the media. The recent hiring of archaeologists to write about archaeology by Forbes and the Guardian has improved this situation somewhat. However, there is...
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Access to cultural information about the Arctic and its people, as preserved in historical documentation and museum collections, remains a major issue for researchers and indigenous people alike, due to the geographic remoteness of the key museums, archives, and libraries from the circumpolar region. An initiative was devised in 2015–2016 by the co...
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Popular culture has, as we know, held archaeology in the great esteem of the exotic, sexy, and forbidding. Women in archaeology, though we make up more than half the estimated professional workforce of archaeologists in North America (Peliska 2015), are rarely included. To be expected as women in any media, physical traits and sex appeal have often...
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Gender roles within Viking society are generally considered to be strictly binary. Some recent research has begun to challenge this assumption using textual and archaeological evidence. This paper will explore the ways in which an engendered bioarchaeology can contribute to a fuller understanding of gender during the Viking Age. Specifically, I wil...
Identifying victims of domestic abuse in the archaeological record from two sites in Northeast England.



Projects (3)
Research on determining the impact of gender on lived experiences and identity formation during the Danish Viking Age.