Christine White

Professor of Anthropology & Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology and Isotopic Anthropology


I am a bioarchaeologist who uses chemical (stable isotopic) and forensic analysis of human skeletal and mummified remains to construct life histories of disease, diet, physical activity, environment and geographical relocations on both individual and populations scales. This way of putting the flesh back on ancient people allows the reconstruction of living conditions, social structure, political and economic behaviour, migration, colonization, warfare, and marriage patterns. My research addresses major archaeological issues primarily in Latin and North America, the Nile Valley, Western Europe and the North Atlantic, but also helps us to understand the role that environmental change, socio-political upheavals, and technological revolutions have played in the history of human health, nutrition and population growth.


Areas of Interest

Osteology and odontology



Isotopic anthropology

Paleodiet and paleonutrition

Infant feeding behaviour



Social, political and economic organization in complex states

Medical anthropology

Culture Areas


The Nile Valley