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PhD Theses


Helen Gilmore –


Anna Gosling –


Karen GreigIt’s a dog’s life: Archaeology, ancient DNA and dogs in Remote Oceania

Relations between dogs and people in Remote Oceanic prehistory are little known, despite dogs being transported to the majority of islands in the region, and in the case of New Zealand, being the only domesticated animal successfully introduced. The purpose of my research is to address this deficit, through the documentation and analysis of the life histories and demography of village dogs at particular sites in New Zealand. This in turn informs a consideration of the role of dogs through space and time in the region. In order to explore aspects of the relationship, the thesis adopts a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on archaeology, molecular anthropology, and ethnography.


Stefan Prost -


Stephanie Shkrum –


Stephanie X-raying teeth from Ban Non Wat

The adoption and intensification of agriculture in prehistory is often associated with poor levels of oral health because of an increased consumption of a starchy carbohydrate staple. This generalisation is based mainly on skeletal evidence from North American and Europe.

Recent evidence from prehistoric Southeast Asia has shown that this pattern of declining oral health is not universally applicable as intensive rice agriculture was not associated with high rates of dental disease. The aim of this research is to investigate the relationship between oral health and the intensification of rice agriculture in a prehistoric skeletal collection from Ban Non Wat in Northeast Thailand. The site of Ban Not Wat was continually occupied from the Neolithic Period through the Iron Age (1750 BC to 400 AD), spanning from the early adoption of agriculture through to the intensification of this process. The study uses both macroscopic and radiographic analysis to investigate multiple indicators of oral health status (e.g. dental caries, periodontal status, calculus, periapical cavities, antemortem tooth loss, jaw variables).


Chris Stantis -



MSc Theses

Flynn Fletcher-Dobson - Health and Social Change in Prehistoric Southeast Asia: An Analysis of the infants and children from the site of Ban Non Wat.

The aim of this thesis is to assess the relationship between mortuary rites and health of infant and child remains over time. The site of Ban Non Wat has a skeletal sample that spans almost 2,000 years, coincident with the intensification of agriculture and technological development. This thesis will assess whether or not there was a change in health and the social role of infants and children during this time of agricultural intensification.



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