Anna Waterman

Assistant Professor

150 Basile
319-363-1323 ext. 1214
awaterman@mtmercy.edu

BA  University of Iowa
MA  University of Iowa
PhD  University of Iowa

Assistant Professor of Biology Anna Waterman, Ph.D., joined Mount Mercy’s Department of Natural and Applied Sciences in fall 2012. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Mount Mercy, since 2007 Waterman has served as the head biological anthropologist for the excavations and skeletal analysis of the Late Neolithic burial site of Bolores through The University of Iowa.

Excavations at Bolores (Torres Vedras, Portugal) 2012. 

She previously taught at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids as an adjunct professor, teaching homeostatic physiology. She also served as an adjunct professor in social, behavioral and educational studies at Black Hawk College based in Moline, Ill., in which she taught introduction to physical anthropology. She was an instructor at The University of Iowa for three years, and previously served as a teaching assistant with the university for two years. Additionally, this past summer Waterman held a position as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Iowa. 

Waterman’s areas of interest include skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, dental anthropology, health status and human diet, paleopathology and stable isotope analyses. She has published many articles relating to her expertise, including “When the Bough Breaks: Childhood Mortality and Burial Practice in Late Neolithic Iberia,” in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology; and “The Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Mortuary Rockshelter of Bolores, Torres Vedras, Portugal: Preliminary Results from the 2007 and 2008 Excavations,” in Journal Field Archaeology

Waterman has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including a Ballard Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, and Archaeological Institute of America Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship. In 2011 she was the recipient of Council of Teaching Outstanding Teaching Award through The University of Iowa. She also completed fellowships through T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Fellowship, and Graduate College Summer Fellowship, both through The University of Iowa.

In spring 2012, she made two presentations on her research, which included “At Home or Abroad: An Investigation of Human Migration Patterns in Copper Age Spain using Strontium Isotopes,” at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, in Memphis, Tenn. Her second presentation was “Identifying Migrants in the Late Neolithic Burials of the Antas of Rego da Murta (Alvaiazere, Portugal) using Strontium Isotopes,” at Jornadas Internacionais does Patrimonio, Alvaiazere, Portugal.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Publications

2014

(In press) Horwath, B, A. J. Waterman, K. T. Lillios, and J. Irish Assessing Change in Diet and Biological Affinity between the 4th and 3rd Millennia BCE in the Portuguese Estremadura through Microwear and Dental Morphology: A Preliminary Comparison of Feteira II and Bolores. Homo- Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 

2014

(In press) Lillios, K.T, J.A. Artz, A.J. Waterman, J. Mack, J. T. Thomas, L. Trindade, and I. Luna. The Rock-Cut Tomb of Bolores (Torres Vedras): An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Social Landscape of the Late Neolithic of the Iberian Peninsula. Trabajos de Prehistoria. 

2014                               

Waterman, A.J.,  A.M. Silva and R.H. Tykot. Stable Isotopic Indicators of Diet from Two Late Prehistoric Burial Sites in Portugal: An Investigation of Dietary Evidence of Social Differentiation. Open Journal of Archaeometry.

 

Waterman, A.J.,  D.W. Peate, A.M. Silva and J.T. Thomas. In Search of Homelands: Using Strontium Isotopes to Identify Biological Markers of Mobility in Late Prehistoric Portugal.  Journal of Archaeological Science. 42C:119-127. pdf

2011

Waterman, A.J. and J.T. Thomas. When the Bough Breaks: Childhood Mortality and Burial Practice in Late Neolithic Iberia. Oxford Journal of Archaeology. 30(2):165-183. pdf

2010  

Lillios, K.T., A.J. Waterman, J.A. Artz, and R.L. Josephs. The Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Mortuary Rockshelter of Bolores, Torres Vedras, Portugal: Preliminary Results from the 2007 and 2008 Excavations. Journal of Field Archaeology. 5(1):19-39. pdf

2009  

Diaz-Zorita Bonilla, M., A.J. Waterman, and K.J. Knudson. Explorando La Movilidad y Los Patrones Dietarios Durante la Edad del Cobre en el Suroeste de la Península Ibérica: Estudio Preliminar Bioarqueológico del Tholos de Palacio III (Almadén de la Plata, Sevilla) (Exploring Mobility and Dietary patterns in the Copper Age of the Iberian South-West: A Preliminary Bioarchaeological Study of the Palacio IIITholos Tomb (Almadén de la Plata, Sevilla, Spain). Actas del IX Congreso Nacional de Paleopatología. Morella (Els Ports, Castelló). 25-28 de Septiembre de 2007. 2007. Edited by M.Polo Cerdá and E.Garcia Prosper, 669-674.

Selected Presentations

2013

Waterman, A.J., and J.T. Thomas. People, Places, and Things:  Life and Death in the Late Neolithic of Portugal. Poster presented at the 112nd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago IL. November 20-24, 2013. 

2012        

Waterman, A.J., A. Figueiredo, J.T. Thomas, and D.W. Peate.  Identifying migrants in the Late Neolithic burials of the Antas of Rego da Murta (Alvaiázere, Portugal) using Strontium Isotopes. Paper presented at Jornadas Internacionais does Património, Alvaiázere, Portugal. May 18-19, 2012. 

2012       

Waterman, A.J., M. Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, D.W. Peate and K.J. Knudson. At Home or Abroad: An Investigation of Human Migration Patterns in Copper Age Spain using Strontium Isotopes. Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, Tennessee. April 18-22, 2012. 

2011      

Waterman, A.J., A.M. Silva and D.W. Peate. In Search of Homelands: Using  strontium Isotopes to Identify Biological Markers of Mobility in Late Prehistoric Portugal. Poster presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, California, March 30 – April 3, 2011. 

2011       

Waterman, A.J.,  M. Kunst, R.H. Tykot and A.M. Silva. Stable Isotope Analysis of Human and Animal Remains from Zambujal (Torres Vedras, Portugal): An Investigation of Human and Animal Dietary Diversity in Late Prehistoric Portugal. Poster presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Antonio, Texas, January 6 – 9, 2011.

2010       

Waterman, A.J.,  A.M. Silva and R.H. Tykot. Stable Isotopic Indicators of Diet from Two Late Prehistoric Burial Sites in Portugal: An Investigation of Dietary Evidence of Social Differentiation. Poster presented at the 38th International Symposium on Archeometry, Tampa, Florida, May 10-14, 2010. 

2010       

Waterman, A.J., and R.H. Tykot. Evidence of Dietary Variability and Breadth at Los Millares (Almeria, Spain) (c.2700-1900 BC) Based on Stable Isotope Analysis of Human Remains.  Poster presented at the 75nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri, April 14 - 18, 2010.

2009     

Waterman, A.J. and B.C. Horwath. Dental Attrition Patterns in Two Late Prehistoric Skeletal Collections from the Estremadura region of Portugal: Comparisons and Results. Poster presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Chicago, Illinois, March 31-April 4, 2009.

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