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Mapping Pre-Hispanic Archaeological Sites with Dr. Scaffidi

Dr. Beth K. Scaffidi uses a Total Station to map the limits of an archaeological site in the Majes Valley of Arequipa, Peru as part of a rescue excavation of a looted cemetery dating to the mid-first millennium CE.
 
Scaffidi is a bioarchaeologist who excavates and analyzes human skeletal remains from archaeological sites and uses spatial, paleopathological, and isotopic methods to learn about ancient diets and short and long-term mobility.
 
The Skeletal and Environmental Isotope Laboratory (SEIL) in the Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies will enable Scaffidi, students, and collaborators to conduct stable and radiogenic isotope analyses of human skeletons and environmental materials from where they lived to better understand how they adapted to the challenges of their natural and cultural environments.