Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology, is Purdue
University’s inaugural 2017 Lu Ann Aday Award recipient.
The award is the most prestigious recognition the University
bestows in the humanities and social sciences as one of its
top three research honors.
Unearthing a Way of Life
Buzon’s research focus is excavating and analyzing human skeletal
remains from archaeological sites in order to address questions
related to the biocultural effects of sociopolitical change in the
ancient Nile Valley. Buzon, a bioarchaeologist, has an international
reputation for her expertise and innovation, specifically in her
research in the Nile Valley.
On the most recent excavation, Buzon—working with three
doctoral students and Stuart Tyson Smith, anthropology professor
at the University of California, Santa Barbara—discovered tombs
of both elite and lower-class citizens of Nubia and acquired the
remains of 25 people, which will be used to understand their
nutrition and exposure to disease. Photo by Vince Walters.