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, Farfán) 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 throughout 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 formerly of UNLV.
3) The use of non-destructive imaging in
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, and microCT.
Specific subjects of analysis include Moche pots, stone and shell
beaded pectorals, skeletal remains from many sites and Egyptian and Peruvian
mummies and medieval prayer beads (see
The use of paleoradiology and virtual imaging in the analysis and
presentation of Egyptian mummies has been a particularly fruitful area of