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Dr Charlotte King

PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsPhD(Dunelm)
Research summaryUsing isotopic systems to investigate questions of diet and mobility in prehistoric populations

Research

My research focusses on the emergence of agricultural societies and the way in which this transition has shaped human culture and biology. I use chemical analysis of human tissues to understand diet and human mobility in the past, as well as processes in the burial environment which might have impacted upon bone composition.

My main research currently centers on the agricultural transition in Northern Chile, and the use of incremental isotopic sampling techniques to identify changes to fertility, and subsistence strategy in variable climatic conditions. I use newly developed techniques to look at individual life-histories, and am beginning to reconstruct events experienced by some of the earliest inhabitants of the driest desert in the world.

Publications

Snoddy, A. M. E., King, C. L., Halcrow, S. E., Millard, A. R., Buckley, H. R., Standen, V. G., & Arriaza, B. T. (2021). Living on the edge: Climate-induced micronutrient famines in the ancient Atacama Desert? In G. Robbins Schug (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of the bioarchaeology of climate and environmental change. (pp. 60-82). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351030465

King, C. L., Petchey, P., Buckley, H. R., Girvan, E., & Nowell, G. M. (2020). Lead astray: The potentials and pitfalls of lead isotopes in a New Zealand colonial burial context. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 30, 102213. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102213

Allen, R., Ryan, H., Davis, B. W., King, C., Frantz, L., Irving-Pease, E., … Larson, G. (2020). A mitochondrial genetic divergence proxy predicts the reproductive compatibility of mammalian hybrids. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Series B, 287(1928), 20200690. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.0690

King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Petchey, P., Kinaston, R., Millard, A., Zech, J., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Gröcke, D. R. (2020). A multi-isotope, multi-tissue study of colonial origins and diet in New Zealand. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 172, 605-620. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.24077

Buckley, H. R., Roberts, P., Kinaston, R., Petchey, P., King, C., Domett, K., Snoddy, A. M., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2020). Living and dying on the edge of the Empire: A bioarchaeological examination of Otago’s early European settlers. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1837189

Chapter in Book - Research

Snoddy, A. M. E., King, C. L., Halcrow, S. E., Millard, A. R., Buckley, H. R., Standen, V. G., & Arriaza, B. T. (2021). Living on the edge: Climate-induced micronutrient famines in the ancient Atacama Desert? In G. Robbins Schug (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of the bioarchaeology of climate and environmental change. (pp. 60-82). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351030465

Halcrow, S. E., King, C. L., Millard, A. R., Snoddy, A. M. E., Scott, R. M., Elliott, G. E., … Buckley, H. R., … Arriaza, B. T. (2018). Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings: Breastfeeding and weaning in the past. In C. Tomori, A. E. L. Palmquist & E. A. Quinn (Eds.), Breastfeeding: New anthropological approaches. (pp. 155-169). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Halcrow, S. E., Tayles, N., & King, C. L. (2016). Infant and child health and disease with agricultural intensification in mainland Southeast Asia. In M. Oxenham & H. Buckley (Eds.), Routledge handbook of boarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. (pp. 158-186). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

King, C. L., Petchey, P., Buckley, H. R., Girvan, E., & Nowell, G. M. (2020). Lead astray: The potentials and pitfalls of lead isotopes in a New Zealand colonial burial context. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 30, 102213. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102213

Buckley, H. R., Roberts, P., Kinaston, R., Petchey, P., King, C., Domett, K., Snoddy, A. M., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2020). Living and dying on the edge of the Empire: A bioarchaeological examination of Otago’s early European settlers. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1837189

King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Petchey, P., Kinaston, R., Millard, A., Zech, J., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Gröcke, D. R. (2020). A multi-isotope, multi-tissue study of colonial origins and diet in New Zealand. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 172, 605-620. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.24077

Allen, R., Ryan, H., Davis, B. W., King, C., Frantz, L., Irving-Pease, E., … Larson, G. (2020). A mitochondrial genetic divergence proxy predicts the reproductive compatibility of mammalian hybrids. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Series B, 287(1928), 20200690. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.0690

King, C. L., Millard, A. R., Gröcke, D. R., Standen, V. G., Arriaza, B. T., & Halcrow, S. E. (2018). A comparison of using bulk and incremental isotopic analyses to establish weaning practices in the past. STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research [2017], 3(1), 126-134. doi: 10.1080/20548923.2018.1443548

King, C. L., Arriaza, B. T., Standen, V. G., Millard, A. R., Gröcke, D. R., Muñoz, I., & Halcrow, S. E. (2018). Estudio isotópico del consumo de recursos marítimos y terrestres en la prehistoria del desierto de Atacama [Isotopic study of marine and terrestrial resources in the prehistory of the Atacama desert]. Chungara Revista de Antropología Chilena, 50(3), 369-396. doi: 10.4067/S0717-73562018005000802

King, C. L., Halcrow, S. E., Millard, A. R., Gröcke, D. R., Standen, V. G., Portilla, M., & Arriaza, B. T. (2018). Let's talk about stress, baby! Infant-feeding practices and stress in the ancient Atacama desert, Northern Chile. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 166(1), 139-155. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.23411

Petchey, P., Buckley, H., Hil, G., Kelly, A., Kinaston, R., King, C., & Scott, R. (2018). Life & death on the Otago frontier: Preliminary report on the Lawrence Cemeteries. Archaeology in New Zealand, 61(2), 22-40.

King, C. L., Snoddy, A. M., Millard, A. R., Gröcke, D. R., Standen, V. G., Arriaza, B. T., & Halcrow, S. E. (2018). A multi‐faceted approach towards interpreting early life experience and infant feeding practices in the ancient Atacama Desert, Northern Chile. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 28(5), 599-612. doi: 10.1002/oa.2671

King, C. L., Millard, A. R., Gröcke, D. R., Standen, V. G., Arriaza, B. T., & Halcrow, S. E. (2018). Marine resource reliance in the human populations of the Atacama Desert, northern Chile: A view from prehistory. Quaternary Science Reviews, 182, 163-174. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.12.009

King, C. L., Halcrow, S. E., Tayles, N., & Shkrum, S. (2017). Considering the palaeoepidemiological implications of socioeconomic and environmental change in Southeast Asia. Archaeological Research in Asia, 11, 27-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ara.2017.05.003

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.

King, C. L., Tayles, N., Higham, C., Strand-Viđarsdóttir, U., Bentley, R. A., Macpherson, C. G., & Nowell, G. (2015). Using isotopic evidence to assess the impact of migration and the two-layer hypothesis in prehistoric Northeast Thailand. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 158(1), 141-150. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22772

King, C. L., Bentley, R. A., Higham, C., Tayles, N., Viðarsdóttir, U. S., Layton, R., … Nowell, G. (2014). Economic change after the agricultural revolution in Southeast Asia? Antiquity, 88, 112-125.

Blake, M., Naish, D., Larson, G., King, C. L., Nowell, G., Sakamoto, M., & Barnett, R. (2014). Multidisciplinary investigation of a 'British big cat': A lynx killed in southern England c. 1903. Historical Biology, 26(4), 441-448. doi: 10.1080/08912963.2013.785541

King, C. L., Bentley, R. A., Tayles, N., Viðarsdóttir, U. S., Nowell, G., & Macpherson, C. G. (2013). Moving peoples, changing diets: Isotopic differences highlight migration and subsistence changes in the Upper Mun River Valley, Thailand. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(4), 1681-1688. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.11.013

King, C. L., Tayles, N., & Gordon, K. C. (2011). Re-examining the chemical evaluation of diagenesis in human bone apatite. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38(9), 2222-2230. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2011.03.023

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Journal - Research Other

Duxfield, T., King, C., Buckley, H., Petchey, P., Nowell, G. M., & Kinaston, R. L. (2020). Establishing a strontium isotope baseline in New Zealand for future archaeological migration studies: A case study. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 32, 102412. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102412

King, C. L., Tayles, N., Higham, C., Strand-Viđarsdóttir, U., Bentley, R. A., Macpherson, C. G., & Nowell, G. (2016). Letter to the editor: Response to Oxenham and Matsumura. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159(2), 352-354. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22875

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