Michele Buzon

Michele Buzon

Graduate Director // Anthropology

Professor // Anthropology

Michele Buzon received her Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2004, and she joined the Purdue University faculty in 2007.
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Office: STON 314
Office Phone: (765) 494-4680
Office Hours:Fall 2019 Wed. 3:30 - 4:30 or by appointment
E-mail: mbuzon@purdue.edu


ANTH 204 - Introduction to Human Evolution
ANTH 310 – Mortuary Practices Across Cultures
ANTH 312 - Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and the Near East
ANTH 336 – Human Variation
ANTH 436 - Human Evolution
ANTH 534 - Human Osteology
ANTH 611 - Archaeology of Identity


bioarchaeology, paleopathology, culture contact, biological and ethnic identity, environmental stress, Nile Valley

Dr. Buzon’s work focuses on burial archaeology in the Nile Valley (ancient Nubia and Egypt). Using mortuary and skeletal data she explores the consequences of contact between populations. She maintains an active field site in Tombos, Sudan where she has investigated the effects of Nubian-Egyptian contact on identity and health during the New Kingdom and Napatan periods. Professor Buzon directs the analysis of the Tombos skeletal remains, curated at Purdue. She has published articles in various international archaeological and anthropological journals including Journal of Archaeological Science, Archaeometry, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Current Anthropology, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Historical Archaeology and Kiva as well as chapters on bioarchaeological research approaches. Dr. Buzon’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, American Philosophical Society, Institute for Bioarchaeology, and the Killam Trust.

Positions at Purdue University

2017 to present Professor of Anthropology
2010 to 2017Associate Professor of Anthropology
2007 to 2010 Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Five Most Important Publications

2011, Buzon MR. “Nubian identity in the Bronze Age. Patterns of cultural and biological variation.” Bioarchaeology of the Near East 5: 19-40.

2011, Buzon MR. The bioarchaeological approach to paleopathology. In Companion to Paleopathology, edited by A.L. Grauer. Blackwell, Oxford

2008, Buzon MR, Judd MA. Investigating health at Kerma: sacrificial versus non-sacrificial burials. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 136:93-9.

2006, Buzon MR. The relationship between biological and ethnic identity in New Kingdom Nubia. Current Anthropology 47:683-695.

2006, Buzon MR. Health of the non-elites at Tombos: nutritional and disease stress in New Kingdom Nubia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 130: 26-37.

Two Most Recent Publications

2014, Buzon MR. “Tombos during the Napatan period (~750-660 BC): Exploring the consequences of sociopolitical transitions in ancient Nubia.” International Journal of Paleopathology 7:1-7.

2013, Buzon MR, Simonetti A. “Strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) variability in the Nile Valley: Identifying residential mobility during ancient Egyptian and Nubian sociopolitical changes in the New Kingdom and Napatan periods.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151:1-9.

Extramural Grant Support
2014-2017. Collaborative Research: Impact And Accommodation Through Cultural Contact (co-PI Stuart Tyson Smith). National Science Foundation.

2009-2011. Collaborative Research: A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Identity Development during Napatan State Formation (co-PI Stuart Tyson Smith). National Science Foundation.

2009. A Bioarchaeological Examination of Identity and Migration in the Ancient Nubia during the formation of the Napatan state. Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society.

2009. A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Napatan State Development at the Third Cataract. Committee for Research and Exploration Grant, National Geographic Society.

2005. Isotope Analysis of Migration and Diet in New Kingdom Nubia. Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society.

2004-2006. Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, Killam Trust.

2003-2004. A Bioarchaeological Perspective on State Formation in the Nile Valley. National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant BCS #0313247.

2002. Research Grant (transportation of Tombos skeletal material to US). Institute for Bioarchaeology.

1998-2003. Graduate Research Fellowship. National Science Foundation.

Field Experience

2000-2011. Principal Osteologist, Tombos, Sudan.

2005, 2009. Principal Osteologist, Post-Collapse Transformations in Late Prehispanic Nasca, directed by Dr. Christina Conlee (Texas State University, San Marcos), Nasca, Peru.

2003. Principal Osteologist, Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project, Sudan

2001. Principal Osteologist, Dayton Canyon site, Canoga Park, CA for SWCA Environmental Consultants

1996-1998. Osteologist. Lake Barrington and Chicago, IL for Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc.

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