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Clara Alfsdotter

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


The aim of my PhD project is to explore how cadavers from intergroup conflicts are politicized and used as manifestations by the perpetrators. I will explore cross-cultural and cross-temporal use of violence in order to understand the usage of dead bodies. My archaeological case study is the 5th century ringfort Sandby borg where bodies have been left unburied inside the houses and out on the streets inside the ringfort after a massacre. I am since 2014 involved as bioarchaeologist in the project. In my research, I will explore how the bioarchaeological record can contribute to the understanding of corpses from intergroup conflicts as manifestations. I focus on unburied bodies.