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Angela R. Lieverse PhD (Cornell University)


Faculty Member in Anthropology
Graduate Supervisor in Anthropology

Archaeology 205

Research Area(s)

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Paleopathology
  • Dental Anthropology
  • Foragers
  • Pastoralists
  • Middle Holocene
  • Asia

About me

Courses Taught and In Development

ANTH/ARCH 112. The Human Journey: An Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

ANTH/ARCH 270. Human Evolution

ANTH 370/ARCH 470. Human Osteology

ANTH/ARCH 472. Paleopathology

ANTH/ARCH 475. Bioarchaeology


Research Highlight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPnPgBCG_1g

The Baikal Archaeology Project [ https://baikalproject.artsrn.ualberta.ca ]

Graduate Students

2024–present, Laura Hardy (beginning Fall 2024)

2022–present, Chenhe Yang

2022–present, Jaclyn Dalsgaard (currently on leave)

2020–present, Jessica Sick (co-supervised with Dr. T. Nomokonova)

2019–present, Taylor Eagle

2018–2022, Lauren Michelman (Harris Lines as  Indicators of Physiological Stress in the Middle Holocene Cis-Baikal). Successfully defended on November 4, 2022. Current PhD student at James Cook University, Australia.

2018–2022, Haley Pilgrim (Syndemic Perspective of the Canadian Residential School Experience; co-supervised with Dr. P. Downe). Successfully defended on January 17, 2022.

2018-2020, Rebecca Bourgeois (A Multi-method Approach to Reassociating Fragmented and Commingled Human Remains: An Example from the  Cis-Baikal Region of Siberia, Russia; co-supervised with Dr. H. McKenzie, MacEwan University). Successfully defended on July 31, 2020. Current PhD student at the University of Alberta.

2014–2020, Laura Shuttleworth (Analysis of Mortuary Variability, Diet, and Area-of-Birth at the Early Bronze Age Cemetery of Khuzhir-Nuge XIV, Cis-Baikal, Siberia; co-supervised with Dr. H. McKenzie, MacEwan University). Successfully defended on April 3, 2020.

2016–2019, Maryann Scott (The Physiopathologoy of Osteoarthritis: Applying Bioarchaeological Measures to a Modern Surgical Population). Successfully defended on June 27, 2019.

2012–2016, Samantha Purchase (Infectious Disease as an Indicator of Physiological Stress in the Middle Holocene Cis-Baikal). Successfully defended on June 21, 2016. PhD 2021, the University of Sheffield.

2010–2016, Brianna Mack (Osteoarthritis in Middle Holocene Hunter-gatherers from the Cis-Baikal region of Siberia, Russia). Successfully defended on September 14, 2016.

2013–2015, L. Danee Wilson (No Man’s Paradise: Lead Burden and Diet:Reconstruction from Human Skeletal Remains in a Colonial Cemetery from Antigua; co-supervised with Dr. T. Varney, Lakehead University). Successfully defended on August 12, 2015.

2012–2015, Megan Clarke (Dental Calculus: Combing Current Methods in the Study of Diet and Mouth Use Activities Among Neolithic and Bronze Age Hunter-Gatherers of the Cis-Baikal, Siberia; co-supervised with Dr. E. Robertson). Successfully defended on June 4, 2015.

2008–2011, Alison MacIntosh (Non-Metric Skeletal Variation in Neolithic Hunter-Gatherers of the Cis-Baikal, Siberia). Successfully defended on March 25, 2011. PhD 2015, the University of Cambridge; current faculty member at the University of Victoria.



Chapters in Books

Lieverse AR, Faccia K, Waters-Rist AL, Antonova A, Vahdati Nasab H, Haverkort CM, Purchase SL, Schulting RJ, Moussa N, Bazaliiskii VI. 2024. Human osteological remains. In: Weber AW, Bazaliiskii VI, Jessup E (editors). Shamanka II: An Early Neolithic Cemetery on the Southwest Shore of Lake Baikal, Siberia. Archaeological and Osteological Materials. Archaeology in China and East Asia Vol 9. Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.34780/8htf-6bf3

Lieverse AR, Faccia K, Waters-Rist AL, Mack BP, Purchase SL, Schulting RJ, Moussa N. 2024. Demography, health, and activity of the Early Neolithic Shamanka II cemetery population. In: Weber AW, Bazaliiskii VI, Jessup E (editors). Shamanka II: An Early Neolithic Cemetery on the Southwest Shore of Lake Baikal, Siberia. Archaeological and Osteological Materials. Archaeology in China and East Asia Vol 9. Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.34780/8htf-6bf3

Lieverse AR. 2021. Climate and activity in middle Holocene Siberia. In: Robbins Schug G (editor). The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Pp. 416–423.

Articles in Refereed Journals (* former graduate student supervised by me)

Palmer JLA, Lieverse AR, Waters-Rist AL. 2023. A Recoding Method for Sixteen Nonadult Muscle Entheses. Childhood in the Past. DOI: 10.1080/17585716.2023.2275850

Losey RJ, Drake AG, Ralrick PE, Jass CN, Lieverse AR, Bieraugle M, Christenson R, Steuber K. 2022. Dogs and Wolves on the Northern Plains: A Look from Beyond the Site in Alberta. Journal of Archaeological Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2022.105690.  

Lieverse AR, Kubo D, *Bourgeois RL, Matsumura H, Yoneda M, Ishida H. 2021. Pediatric mandibular osteomyelitis: a probable case from Okhotsk Period (5th–13th c. AD) Northern Japan. Anthropological Science. DOI:10.1537/ase.2108281

*Bourgeois RL, Bazaliiskii VI, McKenzie HG, Clark TN, Lieverse AR. 2021. A Four-Stage Approach to Re-Associating Fragmented and Commingled Human Remains. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports 37. DOI:10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102984  

*Scott ME, Dust WN, Cooper DML, Walker EG, Lieverse AR. 2021. The physiopathology of osteoarthritis: paleopathological implications of non-articular lesions from a modern surgical sample. International Journal of Paleopathology 32:31–40. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2020.11.001 

Waters-Rist AL, Lieverse AR, Novikov AG, Goriunova OI, Kharinskii A, McKenzie HG. 2021. Spatial and temporal differences in Late Neolithic Serovo to Early Bronze Age Glazkovo forager diet in Lake Baikal’s Little Sea Microregion, Siberia. Archaeological Research in Asia 25. DOI: 10.1016/j.ara.2020.100235

Temple DH, Lieverse AR, Bazaliiski VI, Faccia K, Weber AW. 2021 Skeletal and dental maturation relative to tooth formation in prehistoric hunter-gatherers from Cis-Baikal, Siberia. Archaeological Research in Asia 25. DOI:10.1016/j.ara.2020.100239

Natcher DC, Bogdan A, Lieverse AR, Spiers K. 2020. Gender and Arctic climate change science in Canada. Palgrave Communications 6(32). DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-0407-6

*Purchase SL, Bazaliiskii VI, Lieverse AR. 2019. An innovative method to visual mastoiditis using a hand-held Xray system. International Journal of Paleopathology 26:22–26. DOI 10.1016/j.ijpp.2019.05.006      

Lieverse AR, Cooper DML, Bazaliiskii VI. 2017. Penetrating spinal injury: an extraordinary case of survival in Early Neolithic Siberia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27:508–514. DOI 10.1002/oa.2568

Lieverse AR, Ishida H, Fukase H. 2016. Bioarchaeology of Northeast Asia. Quaternary International 405(Part B):1–2.

Faccia K, Waters-Rist AL, Lieverse AR, Bazaliiskii VI, Stock JT, Katzenberg MA. 2016. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in a middle Holocene forager from Lake Baikal, Siberia: potential causes and the effect on quality of life. Quaternary International. 405(Part B):66–79.

Lieverse AR, *Mack B, Bazaliiskii VI, Weber AW. 2016. Revisiting osteoarthritis in the Cis-Baikal: Implications for cultural transition among middle Holoceen foragers. Quaternary International 405(Part b):160–171.

Lieverse AR, Bazaliiskii VI, Weber AW. 2015. Death by twins: a remarkable case of dystocic childbirth in Early Neolithic Siberia. Antiquity. 89(343): 23–38.

Lieverse AR, Temple DH, Bazaliiskii VI. 2014. Paleopathological description and diagnosis of metastatic carcinoma in an Early Bronze Age (4588 +/-34 cal. BP) forager from the Cis-Baikal region of Eastern Siberia. PLOS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0113919 December 3, 2014.

Waters-Rist AL, Faccia K, Lieverse AR, Bazaliiskii VI, Katzenberg MA, Losey RJ. 2014. Multicomponent analyses of a hydatid cyst from an Early Neolithic hunter-fisher-gatherer from Lake Baikal, Siberia. Journal of Archaeological Science 50:51–62.

Lieverse AR, Pratt IV, Schulting RJ, Cooper DML, Bazaliiskii VI, Weber AW. 2014. Point taken: An unusual case of incisor agenesis and mandibular trauma in early Bronze Age Siberia. International Journal of Paleopathology. 6:53–59.


Bioarchaeology: Ancient health and activity Biological Anthropology: Human Osteology Circumpolar North Dental Anthropology Human Taphonomy Hunter-Gatherers Skeletal Morphology

My research interests and expertise lay predominately with middle Holocene (7000-1000 BC) foragers of the Circumpolar North. For over 20 years, I have conducted research in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia (Russia), excavating and examining the skeletal and dental remains of Neolithic through Bronze Age (5800-1700 BC) foraging peoples. These populations provide a unique opportunity to understand human adaptation and resilience during a remarkable period of transition and climate change. My focus has been on ancient health and lifestyle reconstruction, ranging from skeletal and dental pathology and trauma to morphological indicators of activity and mobility (e.g., osteoarthritis, entheseal changes). More recently, I have expanded my research to other Circumpolar regions, both east to the North Pacific (Hokkaido, Japan) and west to the Baltics (Latvia) and Karelia (northwestern Russia). I have also started a project focusing on early pastoralists (including 'commoners' living in the Xiongnu and Mongol empires) in southern Siberia and northern Mongolia. Regardless of geography, my interest remains focused on past peoples' adaptive responses and lived experiences, as reflected by health and activity reconstruction, during periods of environmental, cultural, or sociopolitical change.