Faculty Forum: Strangers in Strange Lands

March 11, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm | Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall

Faculty forum on Migration in the Megalithic Cultures of Late Prehistoric IberiaStrangers in Strange Lands: Migration in the megalithic cultures of late prehistoric Iberia

Dr. Anna Waterman, assistant professor of biology, will present “Strangers in Strange Lands: Migration in the Megalithic Cultures of Late Prehistoric Iberia” on March 11 at 5 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room located in Basile Hall. Her presentation is a part of Mount Mercy University’s Faculty Forums.

How much do we know about human migration in late prehistoric Iberia? Dr. Anna Waterman will discuss the use of strontium isotope analysis on burial populations throughout Spain and Portugal, and how this analysis helps recognize individuals who lived in geologically different regions during childhood and thus can be identified as migrants. The findings help our understanding of human mobility in late prehistoric Iberia and allows us to better assess the importance of human immigration and emigration in the emerging socially-complex and socially-stratified societies of this time.

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.

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. 


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