Center for Bioarchaeological Research


The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, our Center for Archaeology and Society, and individual faculty members maintain extensive research and teaching collections in archaeology, ethnology and evolutionary anthropology. Indexes to selected anthropology collections are maintained online. For more information, visit the school's collections page.

International Journal of Paleopathology

One of two journals founded and edited by CBR faculty, the International Journal of Paleopathology is edited by Regents Professor and CBR Founding Director Jane E. Buikstra. The  International Journal of Paleopathology is the official journal of the Paleopathology Association, and focuses on theoretically and methodologically sophisticated approaches to health and diseases in the past. Please click here to learn more about this peer-reviewed journal.

Bioarchaeology International

The newest journal founded by a member of the CBR, Bioarchaeology International is co-edited by Associate Professor Brenda BakerBioarchaology International focuses on the integrative analysis and interpretation of bioarchaeological contexts using innovations in both methods and theory. Please click here to learn more about this new peer-reviewed journal.

Research Projects

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Constructing Childhood in the Ancient Andes

In this project, bioarchaeological and biogeochemical data from archaeological human remains at Tiwanaku-affiliated sites in the Bolivian Lake Titicaca Basin heartland and the Moquegua Valley hinterland of southern Peru will be used to address questions regarding the complex constructions of several intersecting social identities.

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Ancient Tuberculosis in the Americas

This research addresses the issue of tuberculosis evolution in the Americas through the study of skeletal collections from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including those held at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). 
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Bioarchaeology of the Lower Illinois River Valley

This project currently focuses on establishing burial programs and inferring ritual liturgies at the archaeological sites at the base of the lower Illinois River valley.

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Gobero Archaeological Project

This research focuses on a series of Early and Middle Holocene cemeteries (circa 10,000-5000 years ago) from the southern Sahara Desert (Niger) where a unique record of human life and death was preserved. The project combines ongoing fieldwork with extensive archaeological and bioarcheological lab analyses.

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Isotopic Taphonomy of Human Remains

In addition to providing forensic anthropologists with a better understanding of the isotopic changes that may or may not occur during decomposition, this project will also provide useful information for bioarchaeologists and biogeochemists.