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Jocelyn S. Williams
Assistant Professor

Office: OC 129
Lab: SC 148
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 7441
Email: jocelynwilliams@trentu.ca

Education

B.A. Anthropology, McMaster University, Hamilton, 1998
M.A. Anthropology, The University of Western Ontario, London, 2000
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Calgary, Calgary, 2005

Research Interests

Her research focuses on human palaeopathology and palaeonutrition in South American and Mesoamerican populations during the period shortly before and after Spanish Invasion; skeletal biology, stable isotopes, health, infant feeding practices, human adaptability to their environment, growth and development, osteological methods, South America, Mesoamerica.

Profile

Professor Jocelyn Williams joined the department in 2005. She is a physical anthropologist with degrees from McMaster University (B.A.), The University of Western Ontario (M.A.), and the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on human palaeopathology and palaeonutrition in South American and Mesoamerican populations during the period shortly before and after Spanish Invasion. Of particular interest is the impact of cultural and/or environmental change on diet and dietary choices in addition to the application of isotopic analysis to mummified human remains. She has training and expertise in stable isotope analysis and specializes in the application of this method to archaeological populations. She is currently part of a team of bioarchaeologists working on the Puruchuco-Huaquerones cemetery project, investigating health and diet on the central coast of Peru during the Inca occupation (Late Horizon AD 1472-1532). Her stable isotopic analysis of mummified individuals from this cemetery has demonstrated seasonality in diet and death, sex differences in diet and has enabled inferences about population mobility. Earlier isotopic work in Mesoamerica has suggested a new method for investigating ancient infant feeding practices (AJPA 2005).

Recent Publications

Valdez, L, JS Williams, KJ Bettcher
2006. Practicas Mortuarias Wari en Marayniyoq. Chungara 38(1): 113-127.
White, CD, J Maxwell, AE Dolphin, JS Williams, FJ Longstaffe
2006. Pathoecology and Paleodiet in Postclassic/Historic Maya from Northern Coastal Belize. Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Available online at future editions.
Williams, JS and CD White
2005. Dental modification in the Postclassic Population from Lamanai, Belize. Ancient Mesoamerica 17(1): 139-151.
Williams, JS, CD White, FJ Longstaffe
2005. Trophic Level and Macronutrient Shift Effects Associated with the Weaning Process in the Maya Postclassic. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 128(4): 781-790.
Williams, JS, CD White, FJ Longstaffe
In press. Marine Subsistence: Isotopic Evidence from Marco Gonzalez and San Pedro, Belize. Latin American Antiquity.