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Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose is a historical archaeologist who focuses on the settlement and development of the American West. Rose is the director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) and is a principal investigator in the award-winning Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP). Rose regularly works with the media, students, and community volunteers in an effort to promote archaeological awareness and encourage historical stewardship. Rose serves on the board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and is host of the award-winning Underground History podcast, which is a collaboration with Jefferson Public Radio. Rose has been featured in books and magazines promoting STEM education, she was a guest co-editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly issue dedicated to the Chinese diaspora, and co-edited Chinese Diaspora Archaeology in North America, available from the University Press at Florida.

  • A recent episode of Underground History highlighted one archaeologist’s effort to share the wonders of our National Park System in a new way: not through words, but with LEGO vignettes.
  • Arsenic in green dresses? Lead in make-up? Mercury in feather hats? Oh my. The Underground History podcast has recently been chatting with experts on the many ways toxins and dangerous—and sometimes just gross—things can make their way into museums or even our homes.
  • This past summer Underground History did something a little different. In order to continue to explore ways in which we can connect our listeners to history and heritage, we decided to bring the show on the road!
  • October 11, 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most infamous crimes in Southern Oregon. This tale has train robbers, rumors of gold, dynamite, and all the intrigue of an old timey wild west crime overlaid on the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing world. Four innocent men brutally lost their lives on that day, and the ensuing manhunt captured the attention of the nation.
  • Underground History has recently featured two individuals that have applied their creative vision to the world of archaeology. We spoke with mixed-media artist Sam Roxas-Chua about his time working with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology’s Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP) while he was the artist in residency at the Portland Chinatown Museum (PCM), and musician Stephen O’Malley about his recent event, You Origin, which transformed the Neolithic alignments of Carnac in Brittany into an immersive three-day musical event. While “arteaology” isn’t a word yet, my recent experiences have suggested that maybe it should be.
  • We were joined by archivist-turned-TikTok sensation, Rosie Grant, on a recent episode of Underground History to discuss the recent trend of literally taking a signature recipe to the grave.
  • Southern Oregon University Anthropologist and host Chelsea Rose speaks with Dr. Elissa Bullion, the newly appointed physical anthropologist for the Legislative Commission on Indian Services.
  • On Sept. 2, 2022 a fire erupted in the Roseburg Forest Products mill in Weed, California. Over the course of this devastating fire, it burned thousands of acres and leveled more than 100 structures. Much of that loss was in Lincoln Heights, a historically Black neighborhood dating to the 1920s.
  • While JPR listeners get a monthly dose of archaeology, for many people archaeology still equals Egyptian pyramids, faraway lands, lassos, and fancy hats.
  • There is at least one saloon at the center of most stories about the American West, so when the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) was asked to dig into the history of one of our region’s—and state’s—oldest breweries, we jumped at the chance!
  • While archaeologists tend to be interested in most aspects of the past, it shouldn’t be surprising that a huge chunk of our time goes into thinking about food.
  • I am writing this on February 14, 2021, Oregon’s 162 birthday. The commemoration of the creation of the beaver state is a good time to reflect on the vast history of the place we now call Oregon.