Chrissina C Burke,
- Maya archaeology (terminal deposits and ritual animal use)
- Southwest archaeology (dog pathology and burials)
- Great Plains archaeology (bison bonebeds and carnivore modification)
- Great Basin archaeology
- Cultural Resource Management
- Human osteology
- Human evolution
- Forensic anthropology
BS, Michigan State University (2004)
MA, Colorado State University (2008)
PhD, University of Nevada, Reno (2013)
Dr. Burke’s research seeks to understand the relationships
humans maintain with non-human animal communities and the taphonomic analysis
of faunal materials to explore site formation processes. This research began
during her MA where she studied the impact scavenging carnivores had on
prehistoric bison bones. During her doctorate she continued this research
through different avenues, including the comparison of several bison killsites
and feeding captive carnivores butchered cow limbs to recreated tooth mark data
for further research. After completing her dissertation she began studying the
ritual and spiritual relationships humans have constructed with animal
communities. This interest led to studying dog pathology in animal burials of
the American Southwest and the exploration of faunal materials present in
ritual deposits of the Maya.
Burke teaches: ANT 101 Humankind Emerging, ANT 104 Lost Tribes and Buried
Cites, ANT 206 Ancient Americans, ANT 379 Biological Anthropology, and ANT 411
Burke, Chrissina C.
In Press. Bison Killsites and Carnivore Utilization: Prehistoric Human Impacts to
Scavenging Carnivores and the Implications for Conservation Management. Quaternary
Burke, Chrissina C.
2013 Neotaphonomic Analysis of the Feeding Behaviors and Modification Marks Produced by North American Carnivores. Journal of Taphonomy 11(1):1-20.
Hutson, J.M., C.C. Burke, G. Haynes.
2013 Osteophagia and Bone Modifications by Giraffe and Other Large Ungulates. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(12):4139-4149.