Bioarchaeology

PAST PROJECTS

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DNA strand

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

Peruvian peaks and valley

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.

Students working in the field at Kampsville, Illinois

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.

Dr Brenda Baker

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.

Ballcourt at Copan

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

Egyptian hieroglyphs

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.

Mother and son with oxen

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.

Altar at Tiwanaku

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.

Blood collection tubes

This project examines the co-evolution of humans and our pathogens using an anthropological perspective that incorporates both evolutionary time depth, and short-term individual and species histories.

TB stain

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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