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Alex Canterbury

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Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
Lori Wright
First Year In the Program


Alex is a PhD Candidate specializing in human osteology and bioarchaeology. He earned a BA in Anthropology from North Carolina’s Elon University in 2013 and an MA from Texas A&M University in 2018. Alex has been involved in archaeological excavations at the Ancient Maya site of Dos Hombres, Belize since 2012 and serves Project Osteologist for the Dos Hombres Archaeological Project. He is also currently assisting the Anthropology Research Collections at TAMU with the analysis and reporting of human remains under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Alex’s research interests largely involve the use of stable isotopic analysis of human remains to investigate patterns of diet and health stress in ancient populations. His dissertation project uses Bayesian statistical modeling techniques to quantitatively assess regional and social dietary variability. His past and ongoing research efforts further include identifying pathophysiological fractionation of nitrogen isotopes in human tissues using compound specific isotope analysis of amino acids. Alex also combines his passion for the anthropology of food with his West Virginian roots in studying the traditional foodways of Appalachia through a biocultural framework.