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Health Sciences profile

Ms Stacey Ward

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBA(Hons) in Anthropology and MSc Bioarchaeology
Research summaryAssisting with repatriation of skeletal remains
Teaching

Stacey has guest lectured for BIOA201 (Biocultural Human Skeletal Biology) and BIOA301 (Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton), and has been a student demonstrator for BIOA 201, 301 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

In her role as an Assistant Research Fellow, Stacey is assisting with repatriating Indigenous skeletal remains (kōiwi tangata) held at the University of Otago to their traditional homelands. This work includes bioarchaeological data collection, historical research and management of the Wahi Tapu resting place for skeletal remains.

Stacey’s recently completed PhD research used a holistic bioarchaeological approach to investigate how the rise of social inequality affected health in late Iron Age northeast Thailand.

Stacey's master's work involved analysing cremated skeletal remains from historic Laos to determine what mortuary practices were used in this period.

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

Higham, C. F. W., Manly, B. F. J., Thosarat, R., Buckley, H. R., Chang, N., Halcrow, S. E., Ward, S., … Domett, K. (2019). Environmental and social change in Northeast Thailand during the Iron Age. Cambridge Archaeological Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0959774319000192

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.

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

Higham, C. F. W., Manly, B. F. J., Thosarat, R., Buckley, H. R., Chang, N., Halcrow, S. E., Ward, S., … Domett, K. (2019). Environmental and social change in Northeast Thailand during the Iron Age. Cambridge Archaeological Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0959774319000192

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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