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Ms Stacey Ward

PositionPhD Candidate
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBA(Hons) in Anthropology and MSc Bioarchaeology
Research summaryInvestigating how social change affected health in ancient Thailand
Teaching

Stacey has previously given guest lectures for BIOA201 (Biocultural Human Skeletal Biology) and the University of the Third Age Southland, and has been a student demonstrator for BIOA 201, 301 (Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton) and ANTH 203 (Asian Archaeology).

Stacey has also worked as a tutor for the Māori Centre, Pacific Island Centre, and Disabilities Centre.

MembershipsUniversity of Otago Anthropology Society – Biological Anthropology Representative

Research

Stacey is investigating how social change and the rise of inequality affected health at late Iron Age, Non Ban Jak, in north-east Thailand.

Stacey's work combines bioarchaeological and archaeological analysis to provide a holistic overview of the past. She studies physiological stress indicators such as long bone length and linear enamel hypoplasia to understand health. To investigate inequality at the site Stacey employs archaeological analyses of grave goods, which may represent social divisions between people, and spatial statistical analyses of the burial locations of different social groups, which may represent inequality based spatial segregation.

Additional details

Stacey has extensive archaeological excavation experience including two years' archaeological contracting work. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Israel, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Publications

Halcrow, S. E., & Ward, S. M. (2018). Children in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. In C. Smith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global archaeology. (2nd ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_143-2

Ward, S. M., Halcrow, S. E., Buckley, H. R., Higham, C. F. W., O’Reilly, D. J. W., Shewan, L., & Domett, K. M. (2018). Developing a new project: The impact of social change on health at the late Iron Age site of Non Ban Jak in Northeast Thailand. In N. H. Tan (Ed.), Advancing Southeast Asian archaeology 2016: Selected papers from the second SEAMEO SPAFA international conference on Southeast Asian archaeology. (pp. 259-275). Bangkok, Thailand: SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts.

Halcrow, S., & Ward, S. (2017). Bioarchaeology of childhood. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies: Childhood studies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0178

Clark, A. L., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Collins, C. J., Dhavale, N., Elliott, G. E., Gosling, A., Halcrow, S. E., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Tromp, M., Ward, S., & West, K. (2017). Biological anthropology in the indo-pacific region: New approaches to age-old questions. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 41, 78-94.

Ward, S., & Tayles, N. (2016). Cremation in mainland Southeast Asia: An overview. In M. Oxenham & H. Buckley (Eds.), Routledge handbook of bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. (pp. 239-256). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Halcrow, S. E., & Ward, S. M. (2018). Children in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. In C. Smith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global archaeology. (2nd ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_143-2

Ward, S. M., Halcrow, S. E., Buckley, H. R., Higham, C. F. W., O’Reilly, D. J. W., Shewan, L., & Domett, K. M. (2018). Developing a new project: The impact of social change on health at the late Iron Age site of Non Ban Jak in Northeast Thailand. In N. H. Tan (Ed.), Advancing Southeast Asian archaeology 2016: Selected papers from the second SEAMEO SPAFA international conference on Southeast Asian archaeology. (pp. 259-275). Bangkok, Thailand: SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts.

Halcrow, S., & Ward, S. (2017). Bioarchaeology of childhood. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies: Childhood studies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0178

Ward, S., & Tayles, N. (2016). Cremation in mainland Southeast Asia: An overview. In M. Oxenham & H. Buckley (Eds.), Routledge handbook of bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. (pp. 239-256). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Ward, S. M., & Tayles, N. (2015). The Use of Ethnographic Information in Cremation Studies: A Southeast Asian Example. In C. W. Schmidt & S. A. Symes (Eds.), The analysis of burned human remains. (2nd ed.) (pp. 381-402). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-800451-7.00022-X

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Journal - Research Article

Clark, A. L., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Collins, C. J., Dhavale, N., Elliott, G. E., Gosling, A., Halcrow, S. E., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Tromp, M., Ward, S., & West, K. (2017). Biological anthropology in the indo-pacific region: New approaches to age-old questions. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 41, 78-94.

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