dawn mulhern
      My research in bone histology ranges from observing variability due to age, sex and nutritional status to interspecies differences. The   
      microstructure of bone records information about a person's lifetime that can be observed long after they are gone and can therefore provide       important clues about the past. Distinguishing human from nonhuman bone has important applications in forensic anthropology.

Prehistoric Southwest
      I am currently studying mortuary and disease patterns in Basketmaker II populations from the Durango area. I recently completed technical
      reports on the human remains from the Darkmold Site and Falls Creek Rock Shelters, two major eastern Basketmaker II sites. Despite their
      close proximity, these two sites appear to be quite different in terms of mortuary patterns. The Falls Creek site with its excellent
      preservation of organic material allows glimpses into burial practices that are rarely seen elsewhere. Disease patterns allow us to look at
      how people interacted with their environment and give us insight into past lifeways.

      I am interested in ancient disease and have explored a variety of topics, from gigantism, to congenital conditions such as Binder syndrome
      and spina bifida as well as diseases with uncertain etiology like hyperostosis frontalis interna (HFI) and diffuse idiopathic skeletal
      hyperostosis (DISH). Such studies are important for understanding the evolution of disease including genetic, epigenetic and environmental
      factors that could contribute to their expression.

   Historic Cemetery
In 2013, I became involved with an historic cemetery relocation project. The cemetery was discovered during construction. I assisted with
      the excavation and conducted the analysis of the human skeletal remains. I recently completed the technical report on the human remains
      and associated contextual information. Future work will include interpretations from this very interesting project that will provide unique
      insights into the culture of southwest Colorado in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

   See Dr. Mulhern's Curriculum Vitae for a complete list of publications.