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Beth Scaffidi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies

Beth K. Scaffidi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies. She is a spatially-oriented bioarchaeologist who studies human responses to environmental and cultural stresses by reconstructing health, dietary changes, and changes in residential mobility with osteological, isotopic, geospatial, and big data methods. Her past bioarcheological research has focused on the pre-Wari era and state formation processes in southern Peru, while her new project examines the impacts of Wari imperial dissolution and water scarcity on health and social practices. Dr. Scaffidi runs the Skeletal and Environmental Isotope Laboratory, where she conducts stable and radiogenic isotope analysis of archaeological and environmental reference materials.