Academic interests: Dentition, diet, human osteology, health and disease, mortuary patterns, the bioarchaeology of childhood, social status, body modification, faunal osteology, Mesoamerican archaeology, Southeastern archaeology
MA thesis title: Consequences of Contact: An Evaluation of Childhood Health Patterns Using Enamel Hypoplasias among the Colonial Maya of Tipu
Previous degrees: MA (2011), The University of Southern Mississippi, BA (2009), Auburn University
Contact information: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Biography: Amanda is a first year Ph.D. student from the coast of Alabama. Her MA research focused on the childhood health patterns inferred from dental enamel hypoplasias of the Colonial Tipu Maya. This research became baseline data for successful adaption to Spanish colonialism and is an example of a healthy Colonial population. She has been working with Caves Branch Archaeological Survey in Belize for the past few years and in the summer of 2011, she helped co-direct the excavations of Sapodilla Rockshelter in the Caves Branch River Valley. Amanda has conducted archaeology is Alabama, Mississippi, and Belize and has excavated skeletal collections from a Colonial French cemetery, Classic Maya sites, a Mississippian ossuary, a Historical Coastal cemetery and Mexican American War Soldiers. Her dissertation will focus on a testing the methodology of a new technique of inferring diet from stable isotopes obtained through dental calculus.