Clara Alfsdotter

Clara Alfsdotter

Doctoral Student
Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Clara Alfsdotter is researcher at Grasca – graduate school in contract archaeology.


My research focuses on the disposal of the dead, both past and recent. The licentiate thesis, 'Bad Death at Sandby borg: A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Intergroup Violence and Postmortem Agency of Unburied Corpses' investigates an Iron Age massacre from different human remains aspects. Papers include trauma and modus operandi of the killing, the social aspects of leaving corpses unburied, and what taphonomic studies can add to our understanding of how the dead were disposed.

The PhD research include studies related to forensic archaeology and body disposal. Current studies include human decomposition studies (human taphonomy) that aim to further our knowledge of body disposal from osteological material, as well as the current state and possible developments of forensic archaeology in Sweden. With this interdisciplinary focus, I hope to strengthen collaborations between forensic and archaeological functions in Sweden.


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Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)

Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)