Chrissina C Burke, PhD, RPA

Chrissina C Burke Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Blg 70 Rm #246
Phone: 928-523-7245


  • Zooarchaeology
  • Taphonomy
  • 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.

Dr. Burke teaches: ANT 101 Humankind Emerging, ANT 104 Lost Tribes and Buried Cites, ANT 206 Ancient Americans, ANT 379 Biological Anthropology, and ANT 411 Zooarchaeology.



Burke, Chrissina C.
In Press. Bison Killsites and Carnivore Utilization: Prehistoric Human Impacts to Scavenging Carnivores and the Implications for Conservation Management. Quaternary International

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.