Michele R. Buzon
Promoted to Professor
Department of Anthropology
Michele Buzon received her master’s and doctorate from the University of California Santa Barbara, and her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago, all in anthropology. Her research focus is excavating and analyzing human skeletal remains from archeological sites in order to address questions related to the biocultural effects of sociopolitical change in the ancient Nile Valley.
Dr. Buzon’s work focuses on burial archaeology in the Nile Valley (ancient Nubia and Egypt). Using mortuary and skeletal data she explores the consequences of contact between populations. She maintains an active field site in Tombos, Sudan where she has investigated the effects of Nubian-Egyptian contact on identity and health during the New Kingdom and Napatan periods. Professor Buzon directs the analysis of the Tombos skeletal remains, curated at Purdue.
She has published articles in various international archaeological and anthropological journals including Journal of Archaeological Science, Archaeometry, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Current Anthropology, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Historical Archaeology, and Kiva as well as chapters on bioarchaeological research approaches. Dr. Buzon’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, American Philosophical Society, Institute for Bioarchaeology, and the Killam Trust.
Dr. Buzon is a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue.