We are absolutely delighted to officially welcome Xenia Pauli Jensen (Senior Researcher, PhD) as a new member to the Society for Combat Archaeology (SoCA). A short biographic text can be found below and in the newly updated members section. SoCA has been fortunate to be in frequent correspondence with Xenia since its inception and have enjoyed her support in connection with issues related to prehistoric weaponry and conflict archaeology in general. Most recently, Xenia has become involved with our Iron Age shield research project, constituting a valuable team member. With Xenia’s extensive knowledge and her commitment towards promulgating this field of research, we are sure that we will be able to grow and develop as an organization even further, especially in relation to research and academic dissemination.
Xenia Pauli Jensen holds a PhD degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Copenhagen. She has specialised in weapons, warfare and cult in Early Iron Age Scandinavia, especially focusing on military, political and religious power structures and how (military) power was visualised in rituals; often (but not always) with a basis in the weapon deposits of Illerup Ådal and Vimose. She is a decent longbow archer with experience in mediating this art to both the public and her peers. Xenia is deeply involved in RoMEC (Roman Military Equipment Conference) – an interdisciplinary research community with contributions from archeologists, historians and re-enactors. She is currently employed at Moesgaard Museum as head of the research project “Swords and Sword Smiths. Foreign influences in weapon production in Early Iron Age Scandinavia” – a project combining archaeology, metallurgy and reconstruction.
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Rolf is the founder of the Society for Combat Archaeology (SoCA). He holds an MA degree in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton and another MA degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Copenhagen. His studies have preeminently been on the subject of combat and conflict in the past, ranging from Mesolithic violence to organized state formation in the Renaissance. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University and an affiliated Ph.D. researcher at the Swedish Defense University. In addition to his academic studies, Rolf has a background as a junior officer in the Royal Danish Army. He is also the chief instructor of the martial arts organization Weapons Combat Systems, teaching classes and seminars on an international level. In addition to this, Rolf is the chief instructor of Weapons Combat Systems, a weaponry-based martial art which he teaches on both a national and international level through classes, seminars, etc.