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Graduate Student


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, The Catholic University of America, 2015
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2012




Dr. William Keegan

Research Interests

Caribbean Archaeology, Ritual, Zooarchaeology, Museum Studies

Selected Publications

Mistretta, Brittany A. 2019 Grenada’s Extinct Rice Rats (Oryzomyini): Zooarchaeological Evidence for Taxonomic Diversity. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24:71-79


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Bullen Award for Student Excellence in Research, FLMNH 2019
  • James C. Waggoner Jr. Grants-in-Aid 2018
  • Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant 2018
  • First Prize, Anthropology Department Research Exhibition Poster Award 2018
  • Yazdi Scholarship Award, 2016-2017
  • Grinter Fellowship, 2016-2019

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305


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Dr. Warren

Research Interests

Skeletal age estimation, error and uncertainty in forensic anthropological methods, theoretical frameworks for forensic anthropology, ritual use of human remains

Selected Publications

(in press) Michala K. Stock, Allysha P. Winburn, and George H. Burgess. Skeletal Indicators of Shark Feeding on Human Remains: Evidence from Florida Forensic Anthropology Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences, est. publication date 2017.

(in press) Allysha P. Winburn.  Subjective with a Capital S? Issues of Objectivity in Forensic Anthropology. Edited book chapter, Forensic Anthropology: Theoretical Framework and Scientific Basis. Forensic Science in Focus series, Wiley-Blackwell, est. publication date 2017. 

(in press) Allysha P. Winburn, Katie M. Rubin, Carrie B. LeGarde, and Janet E. Finlayson. Use of Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques in the Resolution of a Small-Scale Medicolegal Case of Commingled Human Remains. Florida Scientist, est. publication date 2017.

2017  Allysha P. Winburn, Raphael Martinez, and Sarah K. Schoff.  Afro-Cuban Ritual Use of Human Remains: Medicolegal Considerations. Journal of Forensic Identification 67(1):1-30.

2016  Allysha P. Winburn, Sarah K. Schoff, and Michael W. Warren. Assemblages of the Dead: Interpreting the Biocultural and Taphonomic Signature of Afro-Cuban Palo Practice in Florida. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 5(1):1-37. DOI: 10.1080/21619441.2016.1138760.

2015  Sean D. Tallman and Allysha P. Winburn. Forensic Applicability of Femur Subtrochanteric Shape to Ancestry Assessment in Thai and White American Males. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60(5):1283-1289.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ) FY 15 Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Grant #: 2015-R2-CX-0009), “Skeletal Age Estimation in Modern U.S. Adults: The Effects of Activity, Body Mass, and Osteoarthritis on Age-Related Changes in the Acetabulum”
  • P.E.O. Scholar Award (International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood), 2015-16, The Carolyn Cooley, Ph.D. Endowed Scholar (one of 13 Endowed and Named P.E.O. Scholars)
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B1350
Office Phone: (352) 294-7541
Lab: Turlington Hall, Room B117


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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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