Introduction to physical anthropology
Race and human variation
The Aztec, Maya and their neighbors
My primary research emphasis is Mesoamerican bioarchaeology, which is to say I study
human remains from archaeological sites in northern Central America and Mexico. This
covers a range of topics including issues microevolution, trauma and taphonomy, cultural
modification, mortuary practices, and indigenous ideas about embodiment. My particular
interests include identifying evidence of violence among individuals buried in distinct
ritual contexts among the Maya, Mixtec, and Zapotec cultures and understanding biological
relationships among individuals subjected to ritual violence. In addition to my work
in Mesoamerica I am currently involved in a historical forensics case as a part of
the canonization process of a martyred 16th century Spanish priest and a study of
dental morphology among populations in the United States.
2011 National Science Foundation - $250,000
Integrating developmental morphogenetic theory with dental biodistance practices
CM Stojanowski, WN Duncan, J Femiani, GR Scott
2008 NSF-Research Experiences for Undergraduates - $7,950
REU Supplementary grant for BCS #0640170
AK Balkansky, WN Duncan
2007 National Science Foundation - $176,222
The archaeological precursors of the Mixtec civilization.
AK Balkansky, WN Duncan
2016 Stojanoksi, CM, WN Duncan. Editors. Studies in Forensic Biohistory: Anthropological Perspectives. Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology. Cambridge University
2015 Stojanowski, CM, WN Duncan. Engaging bodies in the public imagination: Bioarchaeology
as social science, science, and humanities. American Journal of Human Biology. 27:51-60
2015 Duncan, WN, K Schwarz. A Postclassic Maya mass grave from Zacpetén. Journal of Field Archaeology 40(2) 143-165.
2014a Duncan, WN, K Schwarz. Partible, permeable, and relational bodies in a Maya
mass grave. Commingled and disarticulated human remains: working towards improved theory, method
and data. A Osterholtz, K Baustian, D Martin (eds), Springer. pp. 149-172.
2014 Duncan, WN, CM Stojanowski. Why some bodies matter: Defacement and narrative
in historical forensics cases. Forensic and bioarchaeological approaches to violence. DL Martin, C Anderson (eds), Cambridge University Press. pp. 148-168.
2013 Stojanowski, CM, K Johnson, WN Duncan. Beyond sinodonty: hemispheric, regional,
and intracemetery approaches to studying dental morphological variation in the New
World. Anthropological perspectives on tooth morphology: genetics, evolution, variation. GR Scott, J Irish (eds), Cambridge University Press. pp. 408-453.
2012 Duncan, WN. Biological distance analyses in contexts of ritual violence. In The Bioarchaeology of Violence. D Martin, R Harrod, V Pérez (eds). University Press of Florida. pp. 251-275.
2011 Duncan, WN. A bioarchaeological analysis of sacrificial victims from a Postclassic
Maya temple from Ixlú, Petén, Guatemala. Latin American Antiquity 22(4):549-572.
2011 Duncan, WN, CA Hofling. Why the head? Cranial modification as protection and
ensoulment among the Maya. Ancient Mesoamerica 22:199-210.
2009 Stojanowski, CM, WN Duncan. Historiography and forensic analysis of the Fort
King George "skull": Craniometric assessment using the specific population approach.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140(2):275-289.
2008 Duncan, WN, AK Balkansky, K Crawford, H Lapham, N Meissner. Human cremation in Mexico 3,000 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(14):5315-5320.
2008 Stojanowski, CM, WN Duncan. Anthropological contributions to the cause of the
Georgia martyrs. Occasional Papers of the Georgia Southern Museum, Number 3.