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Susan deFrance, Ph.D.

Office: Turlington Hall, Room B1350
Office Phone: (352) 294-7541
Lab: Turlington Hall, Room B117


  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Research Interests

Zooarchaeology, Andes

Personal Statement

My research focus is historical and prehistoric zooarchaeology. I have conducted research in the Southeastern United States, the Caribbean, and the Central Andes. My research is interdisciplinary in focus with an emphasis on both the dietary and the environmental realms. Research and education in anthropology should include an understanding of how and why humans used animal resources through time. Not only were animals important for dietary or subsistence needs but animals are often imbued with ritual significance. Furthermore, faunal remains are often excellent proxy data for past environmental conditions. I also use zooarchaeology as a bridge to cultural studies in the origin and maintenance of traditional foodways and cuisine.

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Selected Publications

2016 Origin of pre-Columbian guinea pigs from Caribbean archeological sites revealed through genetic analysis.  B. Kimura et al. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 5:442–452. Kimura et al. aDNA guinea pigs JASReports

2014 Guinea Pigs in the Pre-Columbian West Indies, M. J. LeFebvre and Susan D. deFrance, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9:1, 16-44.  article pdf 

2013 Late Prehispanic Coquina Quarrying and Tomb Construction in Coastal Southern Peru. S. D. deFrance and Elizabeth Olson, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 8(1):1-14. sdef and Olson JICA

2012 Fauna Local e Importada: Dieta y Uso de Animales en el Potosí Colonial Chungará (Chile) 44(1):9-24.  Chungara pdf

2011 Isotopic Evidence for Middle Horizon to Sixteenth Century Camelid Herding in the Osmore Valley, Peru. Erin Kennedy Thornton, Susan D. deFrance, John Krigbaum, and Patrick Ryan Williams, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 544–567.

2010 Paleopathology and Health of Native and Introduced Animals on Southern Peruvian and Bolivian Spanish Colonial Sites. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20(5): 508-524.   article pdf

2009 Documenting 12,000 Years of Coastal Occupation on the Osmore Littoral, Peru, Susan D. deFrance, Nicci Grayson, and Karen Wise, Journal of Field Archaeology 34(3):227-246.  article pdf

2009 Zooarchaeology in Complex Societies: Political Economy, Status, and Ideology, Journal of Archaeological Research. Volume 17, Number 2 / June, 2009 DOI10.1007/s10814-008-9027-1 Pages 105-168.  article pdf

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