Andrew Nelson
Department of Anthropology

The University of
Western Ontario

Nelson's research

Andrew Nelson  
Office: SSC 3328

(519) 661-2111
Ext. 85101

Fax: (519) 661-2157
Address: Department of Anthropology
University of Western Ontario
London, ON
N6A 5C2



Research Interests
1) Peruvian Bioarchaeology
– I started going to Peru as a student in 1982, and have been going as a professional bioarchaeologist since 1995.  I have worked primarily on the North Coast at sites in the Jequetepeque Valley (San Jose de Moro, Pacatnamu, Farfan) and with material from other sites in Peru (Cajamarquilla, Tucume, Laguna de los Condores).  My interests lie in the areas of biocultural change over time, the interactions between culture and biology (cranial modification etc), and patterns of heath and disease.

2) Hominid growth, development and body size – my doctoral dissertation focused on hominid body size and how body size could affect traits through out the skeleton, and subsequent research involved the examination of how body size and its associated characteristics was achieved through ontogeny.  Much of the latter work has been undertaken in collaboration with my colleague Dr. Jennifer Thompson of UNLV.

3) The use of non-destructive imaging in Bioarchaeology
– this area of interest involves the use of radiography and other imaging techniques to non-destructively capture and analyze human skeletal remains and archaeological artifacts.  Specific methods include plain film x-ray, CT scanning, microCT scanning and laser scanning.  Specific subjects of analysis include Moche pots, stone and shell beaded pectorals, skeletal remains from many sites and Egyptian and Peruvian mummies.  The use of paleoradiology and virtual imaging in the analysis and presentation of Egyptian mummies has been a particularly fruitful area of research.

Teaching – Winter 2010
In winter semester 2010, I will be teaching the graduate course Research Methods in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology - Anthropology 9101B/9601B.  The course outline can be found HERE.

Administrative Duties
In addition to teaching and research, I serve as the Associate Dean of Research and Operations for the Faculty of Social Science.  Please see