About Siân Halcrow

I study dead babies from the past – and this is my blog.

I am a bioarchaeologist with a research interest in all things to do with infants and children. My research addresses central archaeological questions of the intensification of agriculture and human responses to this seminal time in prehistory, with a regional interests in prehistoric Southeast Asia and South America.

I manage the skeletal analyses on several international archaeological projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Chile, and have collaborations in the UK, Australia, Chile, Thailand, Laos, and New Zealand.

I did my Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree in Anthropology at Auckland University and the University of Otago, and have a PhD in bioarchaeology from the University of Otago. I am an Associate Professor in Biological Anthropology at the University of Otago.


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I’m passionate about encouraging women in science, and have contributed extensively to Early Career Research and Women’s Education Groups. See my recent interview on increasing girls’ and women’s participation in Science and ICT here.

I look look after the website and blog of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past. Check it out to see opportunities for joining this multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in childhood.



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