Darlene Weston

My research interests are varied, ranging from palaeodemography and palaeopathology (particularly infectious disease and stress indicators) to funerary archaeology and archaeothanatology.

Research Projects Current
September, 2013August, 2018
http://www.nexus1492.eu/

NEXUS 1492: New World encounters in a
globalising world – investigating the impact of colonial encounters in the Caribbean.

Current
April, 2015April, 2017

Ancient identities: body modification among the Stz’umius ancestors from the Salish sea

As a biological anthropologist, human osteoarchaeologist and palaeopathologist, I study human remains from archaeological contexts, focusing on bio-cultural interpretations of health and disease. My interest in human remains was sparked as an undergraduate student in archaeology at Simon Fraser University. I committed to this field of research as a master’s student, obtaining a MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology, and Funerary Archaeology at the University of Bradford in the UK, studying with Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester. My master’s thesis involved looking at changing styles of artificial cranial modification in Southern British Columbia.

As a PhD student at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (supervised by Simon Hillson and Tony Waldron), my research took a more methodological turn. I used radiography and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the characteristics and interpretation of periosteal lesions in human remains from medical museum and archaeological contexts. During this time I was also Experimental Officer in Biological Anthropology at the Dept of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, where I taught undergraduate and master’s students, designed and equipped the labs in the Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC) and was curator of the human skeletal collections.

After being an Associated Scientist in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany and a Post-doc in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University (UK), I developed an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor programme in Human Osteoarchaeology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where I was a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Embryology. I joined the UBC Anthropology Dept in 2010.

Please note: I will be on research leave from Sept 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

  • Weston DA. in press. Non-specific infectious disease/infection. In: Trevathan W (ed): The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Weston DA. in press. Current methods in human osteology. In: Richards MP, Britton K (eds): Archaeological Sciences: Current Methods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Calce SE, Kurki HK, Weston DA, Gould L. in press. Principle component analysis in the evaluation of osteoarthritis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Elliott M, Kurki H, Weston DA, Collard M. 2016. Estimating body mass from post-cranial variables: an evaluation of current methods using three-dimensional computed tomography. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 7:689-704.
  • Elliott M, Kurki H, Weston DA, Collard M. 2016. Estimating body mass from skeletal material: new predictive equations and methodological insights from analyses of a known-mass sample of humans. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 7:731-750.
  • Weston DA, Valcarcel Rojas R. 2016. Communities in contact: health and paleodemography at El Chorro de Maíta, Cuba. In: Roksandic I (ed): Cuban Archaeology in the Caribbean. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, pp. 83-105.
  • Ziesemer KA, Mann AE, Sankaranarayanan K, Schroeder H, Ozga AT, Brandt BW, Zaura E, Waters-Rist A, Hoogland M, Salazar Garcia DC, Aldenderfer M, Speller C, Hendy J, Weston DA, MacDonald SJ, Thomas GH, Collins MJ, Lewis, Jr. CM, Hofman C, Warinner C. 2015. Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification. Scientific Reports 5:16498. DOI:10.1038/srep16498.
  • Plomp KA, Vidarsdottir US, Weston DA, Dobney K, Collard M. 2015. The ancestral shape hypothesis: an evolutionary explanation for the occurrence of intervertebral disc herniation in humans. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:68.
  • Valcarcel Rojas R., Perez Iglesias L, Guarch Rodriguez E, Hofman C, Knight VJ, Hoogland M, Martinon-Torres M, Weston D, Laffoon JE, Bayliss A, Newsom LA, Mickleburgh HL, van Duijvenbode A, Persons AB, Cooper J, Guarch Rodriquez J, Cruz Ramirez JA. 2014. Nuevas investigaciones arquelogicas en El Chorro de Maita: de espacio indigena a scenario de dominacion colonial. Revista Anales de la Academia de Ciencias de Cuba 4:1-9.
  • Elliott M, Kurki H, Weston DA, Collard M. 2014. Estimating hominin body mass from cranial variables: an evaluation of current methods using three-dimentional computed tomography. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154:201-214.
  • Van der Merwe AE, Weston DA, Oostra RJ, Maat GRJ. 2013. A review of the embryological development and associated developmental abnormalities of the sternum in the light of a rare palaeopathological case of sternal clefting. Homo – Journal of Comparative Human Biology 64:129-141.
  • Weston DA. 2012. Non-specific infection in palaeopathology: interpreting periosteal reactions. In: Grauer AL (ed): Companion to Paleopathology. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 492-512.
  • Hofman CL, Hoogland MLP, Mickleburgh HL, Laffoon JE, Weston DA, Field MH. 2012. Rescuing the dead: lifeways and deathways of a pre-Columbian Caribbean community revelaed through a collaborative rescue project at the endangered site of Lavoute, St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles. Journal of Field Archaeology 37:209-225.
  • Weston DA. 2011. Human skeletal material. The cremated bone. Skeletal inventory. In: Jackson R, Miller D (eds.): Wellington Quarry, Herefordshire (1986-96): Investigations of a Landscape in the Lower Lugg Valley. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 109-111, 136-139, 171-172.
  • Valcarcel Rojas R, Weston DA, Laffoon JE, Mickleburgh HL, van Duijvenbode A. 2011. El Chorro de Maita: a diverse approach to a context of diversity. In: Hofman CL, van Duijvenbode A (eds.): Communities in Contact: Essays in the Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Ethnography of the Amerindian Circum-Caribbean. Leiden: Sidestone Press, pp. 225-251.
  • Hofman CL, Hoogland MLP, Samson AVM, Laffoon JE, Weston DA.  2011  Viviendo en el reino “Taino”: la vida en una comunidad de la edad cerámica tardía de la República Dominicana y la interacción taina con las Antillas Menores. Actas del V Congreso Nacional de Antropología y Arqueología Marcio Veloz Maggiolo. Santo Domingo: Museo del Hombre Dominicano.
  • Haensch S, Bianucci R, Signoli M, Rajerison M, Schultz M, Kacki S, Vermunt M, Weston DA, Hurst D, Achtman M, Carniel E, Bramanti B. 2010. Distinct clones of Yersinia pestis caused the Black Death. PLoS Pathogens 6(10):e1001134.doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1001134.
  • Hublin J-J, Weston DA, Gunz P, Richards MP, Roebroeks W, Glimmerveen J, Anthonis L. 2009. Out of the North Sea: the Zeeland Ridges Neandertal. Journal of Human Evolution 57:777-785.
  • Weston DA. 2009. Palaeohistopathological analysis of pathology museum specimens: can periosteal reaction microstructure explain lesion etiology? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140:186-193.
  • Weston DA. 2008. Investigating the specificity of periosteal reactions in pathology museum specimens. American Journal of Phyiscal Anthropology 137:48-59.
  • Falys CG, Schutkowski H and Weston DA.  2006.  Auricular surface ageing – worse than expected?  Results from a blind test using a documented skeletal collection.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 130:505-513.
  • Falys CG, Schutkowski H and Weston DA.  2005.  The distal humerus – a blind test of Rogers’ sexing technique using a documented skeletal collection.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 50 (6):1289-1293.
  • Heawood R, Howard-Davis C, Boylston A and Weston D.  2002.  Excavations at Warrington Friary, 2000.  Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society 77:131-185.
  • Weston DA.  1999.  Osteoarchaeology, the study of bones. Report of two skeletons from tomb 132 at Armenoi, Rethymnon. In:  Tzedakis Y, Martlew H (eds.):  Flavours of their times, food and drink in Minoan and Mycenaean times.  Athens:  Greek Ministry of Culture, General Directorate of Antiquities by Kapon Publishers, p. 215, 232-236.

ARCL 140 001 Bones: The Origins of Humanity
ARCL 228 001 Forensic Anthropology
ARCL 326 001 Primatology
ARCL 419 001 The Archaeology of Death

National Award for Scientific Investigation, Cuban Academy of Sciences, for archaeological work on the site of El Choro de Maita, Cuba (award shared with RV Rojas [PI], LP Iglesias, EG Rodriguez, C Hofmann, VJ Knight, M Hoogland, M Martinon-Torres, JE Laffoon, A Bayliss, LA Newsom, HL Mickleburgh, A van Duijvenbode, AB Persons, J Cooper, JG Rodruguez, JAC Ramirez).