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Heather Worne

Research Interests:
epidemiological transitions
Southeastern North American archaeology
biocultural anthropology

2011, Ph.D. Anthropology, Binghamton University, SUNY
2006, M.A. Anthropology, Binghamton University, SUNY
2006, M.S. Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton University, SUNY
2002, B.S. Anthropology, University of Kentucky



As a biological anthropologist and bioarchaeologist, I am concerned with the interaction between health and the "natural" and social environment in the past.  My recent research has focused on regional conflict and violence in Mississippian populations from the Middle Cumberland region of Tennessee and identifying potential geophysical or spatial correlates.  I employ a biocultural approach to address how communities in the past engaged with their cultural and biological environments, as well as what biosocial consequences these interactions may have had on health and well-being. Specifically, my research focuses on the interrelationships among violence, health, health-related care, and differential access to necessary resources, especially as these relate to gender and other issues of identity in the past.

Selected Publications:

2018. Vidoli, GM, H Worne. Relationships and Trauma: Lived Perspectives at Averbuch. Tennessee Archaeology 9(2): 156-168

2017. Worne, H. Bioarchaeological Analysis of Disability and Caregiving from a Nineteenth Century Institution in Central Kentucky. Bioarchaeology International 1(3):53-67.

2017. Worne, H. Temporal Trends in Violence During the Late Prehistoric Period in the Middle Cumberland Region of Tennessee. Southeastern Archaeology 36(3):171-182.

2016Worne, H. Inferring Disability and Care Provision in Late Prehistoric Tennessee. In New developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care: Further Case Studies and Expanded Theory, edited by Lorna Tilley and Alecia Schrenk, Springer, pp. 85-100.

2016. Worne, H, GM Vidoli, and DW Steadman. Bioarchaeological Analysis of the WPA Mound Bottom Skeletal Sample. In New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee: Intellectual, Methodological, and Theoretical Contributions, edited by David H. Dye. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, pp 171-185.

2012. Worne, H, CR Cobb, GM Vidoli, and DW Steadman. The Space of War: connecting geophysical landscapes with skeletal evidence or warfare-related trauma. In The Bioarchaeology of Violence, edited by Dr. Debra L. Martin, Ryan Harrod and Ventura R. Perez.  Gainesville: University of Florida Press, pp. 141-159

2007.  Steadman DW, H Worne. Canine Scavenging of Human Remains in an Indoor Setting.  Forensic Science International. 173: 79-92.