Caitlin Smith

Caitlin is studying for a Master of Arts in Anthropology.

Caitlin Smith

“I am investigating patterns of illness in children from a prehistoric archaeological site along the Murray River in South Australia. My research focuses on a bioarchaeological analysis of dental enamel defects on the teeth of people who were buried at this site.

“I really became captivated by the bioarchaeology of South Australia while writing my BA(Hons) dissertation. The site of Roonka, where I am working currently, is remarkable, both in the history of the site and the amount of burials present. The site represents around 8,000 years of Australian Aboriginal burials.

“My research at Roonka is part of a larger project run by Judith Littleton. The aims of the project, as a whole, are to better understand Australian hunter-gatherer behaviour and environment. My research specifically addresses the issues of health, subsistence strategies, and social organization. This research is of interest to the First People of the River Murray and Mallee, and we have shaped many of our research goals around their questions into the past of their people.

“We have a very close-knit group of postgraduate students in Anthropology that is very supportive. To me, having a great set of peers is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a student here.”

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