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DNA Analysis As A Tool for Understanding Population Movement

The proposed research examines the role of local and regional migration and genetic admixture in the population history of pre-contact Puerto Rico.

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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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Bioarchaeology of the Osmore Valley, Peru

This project focuses upon the social and biological dimensions of human change across time and through space. The context is the Osmore River valley of southern Perú.

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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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Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition

This three-year project looks at the evolving identity of the region's past peoples and population movement in the area through the survey and excavation of ancient burial sites in the Fourth Cataract region of Sudan, as well as the study of recovered remains.

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Bioarchaeology of Copán, Honduras

This project focuses on the life histories and population biology of individuals interred within the Copán Pocket during the first millennium after Christ.

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Bioarchaeology of Abydos, Egypt

The Abydos bioarchaeological collection represents nearly every period in the history of the site, from the First Dynasty to late antiquity. The Abydos collection is, therefore, an unparalleled resource for researching the population of one of Egypt’s most important ancient places.

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Archaeology of the Human Experience

The Archaeology of the Human Experience (AHE) asks archaeologists to consider what it was really like to live in the past that they study, and to understand the people who populated that past as fellow human beings. At this project’s heart is the desire to look beyond past people’s decisions to understand why those decisions were made.

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Ancient Andean Paleodiet and Paleomobility

The Ancient Andean Paleodiet and Paleomobility project examines lived experiences, particularly migration and dietary choices, in what are now Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Knudson uses isotopic values in archaeological human tooth enamel and bone to understand geographic origins and diet throughout an individual’s life.


A Bioarchaeological and Biogeochemical Approach to Tiwanaku Childhoods: Intersecting Social Identities and Local Biologies in the 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. While also incorporating gender, class and community identities, we focus particularly on age identities, the experiences of juveniles in the Tiwanaku polity and reconstructions of Andean childhoods.