Archeological Data Analysis
Relevant Degree Programs
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Requirements" or on the program website.
Focus your search
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to peek someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
Attend an information session
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
Graduate Student Supervision
Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2018)
The Kulleet Bay mass grave (2018)
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- Potential adaptations for bipedalism in the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae of Homo sapiens: A 3D comparative analysis (2019)
Journal of Human Evolution, 137, 102693
- Testing landmark redundancy for sex‐based shape analysis of the adult human os coxa (2019)
American Journal of Physical Anthropology,
- Estimating body mass from postcranial variables: an evaluation of current equations using a large known-mass sample of modern humans (2015)
Archaeol Anthropol Sci,
- Estimating body mass from skeletal material: new predictive equations and methodological insights from analyses of a known-mass sample of humans (2015)
Archaeol Anthropol Sci,
- Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification (2015)
Sci. Rep., 5, 16498
- The ancestral shape hypothesis: an evolutionary explanation for the occurrence of intervertebral disc herniation in humans. (2015)
- Estimating fossil hominin body mass from cranial variables: An assessment using CT data from modern humans of known body mass (2014)
Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 154 (2), 201--214
- A review of the embryological development and associated developmental abnormalities of the sternum in the light of a rare palaeopathological case of sternal clefting. (2013)
Homo : internationale Zeitschrift für die vergleichende Forschung am Menschen, 64 (2), 129-141
- Life and death at precolumbian Lavoutte, Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles (2012)
Journal of Field Archaeology, 37 (3), 209--225
- Nonspecific Infection in Paleopathology: Interpreting Periosteal Reactions (2011)
A Companion to Paleopathology, , 492--512
- Distinct Clones of Yersinia pestis Caused the Black Death (2010)
PLoS Pathog, 6 (10), e1001134
- Brief communication: Paleohistopathological analysis of pathology museum specimens: Can periosteal reaction microstructure explain lesion etiology? (2009)
Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 140 (1), 186--193
- Out of the North Sea: the Zeeland Ridges Neandertal (2009)
Journal of Human Evolution, 57 (6), 777--785
- Investigating the specificity of periosteal reactions in pathology museum specimens (2008)
Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 137 (1), 48--59
- Auricular surface aging: Worse than expected? A test of the revised method on a documented historic skeletal assemblage (2006)
Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 130 (4), 508--513
- The distal humerus--a blind test of Rogers' sexing technique using a documented skeletal collection. (2005)
- Skeletons and social composition Bahrain 300 BC?AD 250 Judith Littleton, BAR International Series 703, Archaeopress, Oxford, 1998. 154pp. ISBN 0 86054 886 4 (2002)
Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 12 (4), 303--305