Heather Worne

  • Assistant Professor
  • Anthropology
  • Health, Society and Populations
201B Lafferty Hall
Research Interests:

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 warfare in Mississippian populations from the Middle Cumberland region of Tennessee and identifying potential geophysical or spatial correlates.  My continuing research in this area will focus on the interrelationships among settlement choices, warfare, and community health.  I employ bioarchaeological and paleopathological methods of investigation to address environmental and sociopolitical influences on health, the socioeconomic effects and consequences of prehistoric warfare, the interrelationship among conflict, health and differential access to necessary resources at the individual, community and regional levels, as well as gender and identity issues affecting, or affected by, prehistoric intergroup conflict. 

Selected Publications: 


(In Press) Worne, H, GM Vidoli, and DW Steadman. Bioarchaeological Analysis of WPA Mound Bottom Skeletal Sample.  In New Deal Archaeology in the Tennessee Valley: 1933-1942, edited by David A. Dye.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

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.

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