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Jessica Schalburg-Clayton

PositionPhD Student
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsMSc (Human Osteoarchaeology)
Research summaryDiet and mobility of Iron Age Northeast Thailand population using stable isotope analyses
MembershipsUniversity of Otago Anthropology Society (Biological Anthropology Representative)


The Iron Age in Northeast Thailand was marked by increasing population sizes, changing subsistence strategies, and the beginnings of an entrenched hierarchy. Jessica's research will explore these trends through the use of isotopic analysis of dental enamel, specifically carbon (δ13C), oxygen (δ18O), and strontium (87Sr/86Sr) values, of a population found at the Iron Age site of Non Ban Jak (c. 4–9 centuries AD), located in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Her research will investigate diet and mobility differences between social groups and evaluate how emerging social inequalities may have affected health.