At age eleven Chelsea Rose drew a picture of herself discovering mummies in Egypt. Today, Rose is an adjunct faculty member and research archaeologist at Southern Oregon University. She’s also one of the archaeologist’s for OPB TV’s Time Team America, distributed nationally on PBS. While Rose has yet to find any mummies, her work has pieced together many different parts of Oregon history from Native American sites to battle fields.
Rose concentrates her research on the early development and settlement of the American West, but her personal passion is in the gold rush era societies of the Pacific Northwest. Her previous work, like at the legendary Kanaka Flats, has helped erase many stereotypes of mining towns and their inhabitants. Currently, Rose is working with SOU in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation on the societal influence of the Chinese quarters in Jacksonville.
Today, we talk to Rose about her past and present archaeological research and how understanding Oregon’s past can help us understand Oregon’s present.