Projects

Current Projects:

The Viking Phenomenon

Since February 2017, I have been employed as a researcher at Uppsala University. I am currently contributing to a project entitled The Viking Phenomenon, which is directed by Professor Neil Price. My primary role in the project is to conduct research on Viking-Age slavery, through the application of cross-cultural comparative models that harness recent research on various global slave trades. I am also co-authoring a general work on the Vikings.

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Late Iron Age burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala, Sweden.

 

The Database of Religious History

I am currently contributing to the Database of Religious History (DRH), an initiative hosted by CERC at the University of British Columbia. My task is to compile entries relating to religious and ritual ideologies in early medieval Scandinavia with a view of contributing to a cross-cultural and cross-temporal database of world religions. I have recently been appointed as regional editor for ‘Northern Europe’, with my task being to recruit and supervise scholars in creating their own entries for the project. A link to the project can be found in the menu to the right.

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The Stenkvista runestone, Södermanland, Sweden.

 

The Peleliu Archaeological Survey

I am also currently a participant in the Peleliu Archaeological Survey, a project based at the universities of Aberdeen and Uppsala. The aim of the project is to identify and record evidence relating to the 1944 Battle of Peleliu. Two seasons of fieldwork have been undertaken thus far, with the project has recording hundreds of sites across the island. A link to the Peleliu War Historical Society can be found to the right.

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Orange Beach, Peleliu, where US marines came ashore on 15th September 1944.

 

Past Projects:

The Biocultural Effects of Religious Change in Viking-Age Scandinavia

While employed as a postdoctoral research assistant at Simon Fraser University, I conducted research on the biocultural effects of religious change during the Viking Age, and how this manifests in the archaeological and historical records. The project was undertaken as part of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC), based at the University of British Columbia. Incorporating theory deriving from evolutionary anthropology, the project addressed a number of themes. These included the origins of Viking raiding, the formation and operation of Viking warbands, gender relationships among Old Norse societies, and the prosocial influence of religious beliefs during the Viking Age.

The project resulted in a number of papers, which can be found on the ‘Publications’ page.

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Gol Stave Church, Oslo.
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