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+64 3 479 5775
Department of Anatomy
BA(Auck) PhD PGDipSci(Otago)
Research summary
Bioarchaeology, Asia–Pacific, health and disease, forensic anthropology


Patterns of prehistoric health and disease in the Asia–Pacific region as evidence of adaptation to the environment. This research has focused on Lapita-associated skeletal samples from Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Professor Buckley is also co-ordinating and collaborating on projects on diet and disease in Island and Mainland Southeast Asia skeletal samples and human skeletal remains from New Zealand (kōiwi tangata).

Research interests

Professor Buckley's interests focus on the effect of different cultural and ecological environments on the health and disease of prehistoric peoples in the Asia–Pacific region. This research is conducted by the analysis of museum-curated Pacific Island human skeletal remains and recently-excavated samples from Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.


Vlok, M., McFadden, C., Matsumura, H., & Buckley, H. R. (2024). Nutritional deficiency and ecological stress in the Middle to Final western Jōmon. Antiquity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.15184/aqy.2024.50 Journal - Research Article

Vlok, M., Oxenham, M., McFadden, C., Domett, K., Trinh, H. H., Minh, T. T., … Buckley, H. (2024). Hypomineralization disorder in tropical Southeast Asia during the agricultural revolution: Analysis of morbidity and mortality. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/oa.3288 Journal - Research Article

Snoddy, A. M. E., Shaw, H., Newman, S., Miszkiewicz, J. J., Stewart, N. A., Jakob, T., Buckley, H., … Gowland, R. (2024). Vitamin D status in post-medieval Northern England: Insights from dental histology and enamel peptide analysis at Coach Lane, North Shields (AD 1711-1857). PLoS ONE, 19(1), e0296203. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296203 Journal - Research Article

Kavale-Henderson, L. A., Buckley, H. R., King, C. L., Petchey, P., & Snoddy, A. M. E. (2024). Nostalgia for the old country: A histological exploration of early childhood physiological stress experiences in colonial Otago, New Zealand. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, e3281. doi: 10.1002/oa.3281 Journal - Research Article

Vaiglova, P., Ávila, J. N., Buckley, H., Galipaud, J. C., Green, D. R., Halcrow, S., … Smith, T. M. (2024). Past rainfall patterns in Southeast Asia revealed by microanalysis of δ18O values in human teeth. Journal of Archaeological Science, 162, 106922. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2023.105922 Journal - Research Article

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