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I am a bioarchaeologist and human osteologist focusing on the biocultural consequences of the rise of social complexity in Late Prehistoric Europe.

Fieldwork in Portugal, Summer 2012

Fieldwork in Portugal, Summer 2012

Bioarchaeological approaches are uniquely suited to helping answer questions about the lived experiences of prehistoric people. The study of human skeletal remains is particularly pertinent for the Iberian Copper Age, a time when new forms of social complexity, like large aggregations, megalithic mortuary monuments and broad-scale exchange networks, emerged in the region.

My research focuses on the mortuary practices and social organization at large-scale Chalcolithic centers in Iberia, with particular reference to the ways in which the bioarchaeological record of such “mega-villages” can illuminate the social processes underlying the origin, maintenance and collapse of such population centers in the third millennium BC.

Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, human osteology, fragmentary human remains, commingled burials, bioarchaeological methods, mortuary practices, Iberia, Late Prehistoric Europe