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Health Sciences profile

Dr Rachel Scott

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsPhD
Research summaryInvestigating diet in ancient Chile using dental microwear analysis
Memberships
  • Executive committee member for the Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB)
  • Executive committee member for the University of Otago Anthropology Society
  • Executive committee member for the Otago Forensic Network

Research

I am working as part of a larger team investigating aspects of the lives of people who lived in the Atacama desert region of ancient Chile. My work focuses on questions relating to diet and dietary changes over time and between groups within society. In collaboration with Dr Christopher Schmidt, Indiana Prehistory Laboratory, this involves using white-light scanning confocal microscopy and dental microwear texture analysis (DMTA) to identify patterns of microwear left on the surface of teeth from food or abrasive particles during mastication.

Additional details

Previous research has included investigating skeletal trauma in Pacific Island populations in prehistory, cremation burials, and diet and health in ancient Egypt.

Publications

Scott, R. M., & Halcrow, S. E. (2017). Investigating weaning using dental microwear analysis: A review. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 11, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.11.026

Scott, R. M., & Buckley, H. R. (2014). Exploring prehistoric violence in Tonga: Understanding skeletal trauma from a biocultural perspective. Current Anthropology, 55(3), 335-347. doi: 10.1086/676477

Littleton, J., Scott, R., McFarlane, G., & Walshe, K. (2013). Hunter-gatherer variability: Dental wear in South Australia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 152(2), 273-286. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22358

Scott, R. M., Buckley, H. R., Spriggs, M., Valentin, F., & Bedford, S. (2010). Identification of the first reported Lapita cremation in the Pacific Islands using archaeological, forensic and contemporary burning evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37(5), 901-909. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2009.11.020

Scott, R. M., & Buckley, H. R. (2010). Biocultural interpretations of trauma in two prehistoric Pacific Island populations from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 142(4), 509-518. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21250

Journal - Research Article

Scott, R. M., & Halcrow, S. E. (2017). Investigating weaning using dental microwear analysis: A review. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 11, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.11.026

Scott, R. M., & Buckley, H. R. (2014). Exploring prehistoric violence in Tonga: Understanding skeletal trauma from a biocultural perspective. Current Anthropology, 55(3), 335-347. doi: 10.1086/676477

Littleton, J., Scott, R., McFarlane, G., & Walshe, K. (2013). Hunter-gatherer variability: Dental wear in South Australia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 152(2), 273-286. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22358

Scott, R. M., Buckley, H. R., Spriggs, M., Valentin, F., & Bedford, S. (2010). Identification of the first reported Lapita cremation in the Pacific Islands using archaeological, forensic and contemporary burning evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37(5), 901-909. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2009.11.020

Scott, R. M., & Buckley, H. R. (2010). Biocultural interpretations of trauma in two prehistoric Pacific Island populations from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 142(4), 509-518. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21250

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