RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Susan Guise Sheridan, Ph.D. 
University of Notre Dame


Bab-edh-Dhra' Bioarchaeology Project

Description: Our study of the human remains from the Early Bronze Age II-IV habitation of the site complements the analysis of EB I individuals currently underway at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as the larger Dead Sea Plains archaeology project.  Our summer NSF-REU site if based on this study collction.


Byzantine St. Stephen's Project

Description: This project utilized a biocultural perspective to reconstruct aspects of daily life in a large urban monastery in Jerusalem using the information 'housed' in the remains of the site's inhabitants analyzed in concert with the written and material culture for the site and period.


Qumran Research

Description:The remains of 20 individuals exhumed during DeVaux's excavations in the 1950's were analyzed to determine age, sex, stature, disease stress, and aspects of daily life such as diet and activity patterns.  Given the extremely poor preservation of the remains, the results were of limited utility beyond an individual forensic perspective.


Dothan Project

Description: The remains exhumed from Tel Dothan are currently under investigation includes several bones and over 3,000 teeth.  This collection has proven an important comparative tool for our lab, studying aspect of group migration in the Southern Levant.  Website maintained by the Dothan project.


Nubian Project

Description: The remains of over 400 naturally mummified individuals were exhumed from the Sudanese Nubian site of Kulubnarti.  An exhaustive biocultural analysis has been underway since 1979 under the direction of Dr. Dennis Van Gerven of the University of Colorado.   Website under construction by the University of Colorado.


Pueblo Grande Project

Description: Analysis of a large Classic Hohokam collection from the Phoenix Basin has provided a useful component in a large bioarchaeological investigation studying the rise and fall of an important Native American cultural center.   Website maintained by the US Parks service in Phoenix, AZ.


Mesolithic Nubian Project

Description: The remains of 50+ individuals from Wadi Halfa (representing the Mesolithic residents of the area) were analyzed for trace element content to determine whether enough antemortem signal could be gleaned from these permineralized remains for diet and/or disease analysis.   Website under construction by the University of Colorado.