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Christine Boston

Degree: BA in Anthropology, 2005

Upon completeling her BA in Anthropology at SIUE, Christine Boston pursued and completed a Master of Arts degree in Bioarchaeology at the University of Western Ontario. Her thesis focused on the growth and development and paleopathological effects of arsenic on ancient northern Chilean populations.

Dr. Boston completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario in the fall of 2007 in Bioarchaeological Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Nelson. Her PhD research focused on two different aspects of artificial cranial modification: 1) the social purpose of the practice among northern Chilean groups both geographically and temporally, and D) the biological effects of the practice and their relationship to infant and juvenile mortality.

Dr. Boston has collaborated in research with several professionals in the fields of both archaeology and physical anthropology, including Dr. Bernardo Arriaza, Dr. Marvin Allison, and Dr. Jean-Francois Millaire. She has completed field work in Chile and Peru and pursues side projects in Canada and the US. She has presented at several conferences and has been published in Peer-reviewed journals, Encyclopedia editions, and conference proceedings.

Those interested in her work or have questions about graduate school and her experiences can email her at

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