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Jane E. Buikstra
University of Chicago, Ph.D. (Anthropology)

Professor of Bioarchaeology and Director, Center for Bioarchaeological Research

SHESC Themes: Biological, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Human Health; Culture, Heritage and Identity; Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity; Societies and Their Natural Environments

Field specializations: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, mortuary site archaeology, paleodemography, paleogenetics, paleopathology

Regional focus:Mediterranean, Mesoamerica, North America, South America


Research Statement
My research focuses upon the changing human condition over time, as accessed through the archaeological record. Current emphases include the co-evolution of humans and infectious pathogens, mortuary ostentation, and human longevity.

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About Teaching
My teaching includes general bioarchaeology, osteology, and mortuary site archaeology.

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Select Publications
Jane E. Buikstra and Lane A. Beck, eds., Bioarchaeology: The Contextual Study of Human Remains. Elsevier Press.

Gordon F.M. Rakita , Jane E. Buikstra, Lane A. Beck, and Sloan R. Williams, eds., Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millennium. University Press of Florida

Jane E. Buikstra and Anna Lagia, “Bioarchaeological Approaches to Aegean Archaeology.” In New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece. Lynne Schepartz, Sherrty Fox,and Chryssi Bourbou, eds.. Occasional Wiener Laboratory Series

Jane E. Buikstra, TD Price, JH Burton, and LE Wright. “Tombs from Copan’s Acropolis: A Life History Approach.” In Understanding Early Classic Copan. Ellen E. Bell, Marcello A. Canuto, and Robert J. Sharer, eds., Chapter 1. pp. 191-212. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Jane E. Buikstra and Kenneth C. Nystrom. “Embodied Traditions: The Chachapoya and Inka Ancestors.” In Theory, Method, and Practice in Modern Archaeology. R. J. Jeske and D. K. Charles, eds., Chapter 3, pp. 29-48. Praeger Publishers: Westport

Charlotte A. Roberts and Jane E. Buikstra. The Bioarchaeology of Tuberculosis: A Global View on a Reemerging Disease. University Press of Florida.

Maria Cecilia Lozada and Jane E. Buikstra. El Señoró de Chiribaya en la Costa Sur del Perú. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima-Peru.

Jane E. Buikstra, ed. Never Anything So Solemn: An Archaeological, Biological and Historical Investigation of the 19th Century Grafton Cemetery.

Jane E. Buikstra, Douglas K. Charles and Gordon F. M. Rakita. Staging Ritual: Hopewell Ceremonialism at the Mound House Site, Greene County, Illinois. Kampsville Studies in Archeology and History, No. 1. Center for American Archeology.

Jane E. Buikstra and Douglas Ubelaker , eds., Standards for Data Collection from Human Skeletal Remains:Proceedings of a Seminar at the Field Museum of Natural History. Arkansas Archaeological Survey Press, Fayetteville.

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