Bioarchaeology Research Laboratory (BARL)

BARL Associated Faculty

Research Activities

La Florida Bioarchaeology Project

The La Florida Bioarchaeology Project is a large, interdisciplinary research program focused on the study of the health and lifestyle impacts of colonization and agricultural intensification on native populations living in the region of the American Southeast controlled by Spain during the 16th, 17th, and early 18th centuries.  This 40-year, collaborative project focusses on health and lifestyle in temporal and regional perspective, tracking population dynamics both before and after the arrival of Europeans and the establishment of missions and towns on the Georgia coast and northern Florida.

Selected Publications:

Clark Spencer Larsen (editor) (2001)  Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida: the Impact of Colonialism.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville.  324 pp.

Clark Spencer Larsen (editor)  (1990)  The Archaeology of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale: 2. Biocultural Interpretations of a Population in Transition.  Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History No. 68.  150 pp.

Clark Spencer Larsen, Mark C. Griffin, Dale L. Hutchinson, Vivian E. Noble, Lynette Norr, Robert F. Pastor, Christopher B. Ruff, Katherine F. Russell, Margaret J. Schoeninger, Michael Schultz, Scott W. Simpson, and Mark F. Teaford  (2001)  Frontiers of Contact: Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida.  Journal of World Prehistory 15:69-123.

Dale L. Hutchinson, Clark Spencer Larsen, Margaret J. Schoeninger, and Lynette Norr  (1998)  Regional Variation in the Pattern of Maize Adoption and Use in Florida and Georgia.  American Antiquity 63:397-416.

Clark Spencer Larsen, Dale L. Hutchinson, Christopher M. Stojanowski, Matthew A. Williamson, Mark C. Griffin, Scott W. Simpson, Christopher B. Ruff, Margaret J. Schoeninger, Lynette Norr, Mark F. Teaford, Elizabeth Monahan Driscoll, Christopher W. Schmidt, and Tiffiny A. Tung  (2007)  Health and Lifestyle in Georgia and Florida: Agricultural Origins and Intensification in Regional Perspective. In: Ancient Health: Skeletal Indicators of Agricultural and Economic Intensification, edited by Mark N. Cohen and Gillian Crane-Kramer, pp. 20-34.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Principal Investigator:

  • Clark Spencer Larsen, Ohio State University


Bioarchaeology of Çatalhöyük Project

Çatalhöyük provides a window on to early farmers and adaptation of early Holocene humans in south-central Turkey dating to 7100-5950 cal BC.  Central to understanding the successes and failures of populations inhabiting this setting is the study of human remains.  Since 2002, a team of bioarchaeologists has been addressing the larger question: What were the implications of domestication and agricultural intensification, increasing sedentism, and population growth for health and lifestyle in this early farming community?  The investigation is an arm of the larger Çatalhöyük Research Project, directed by Ian Hodder.


Marin A. Pilloud, Scott D. Haddow, Christopher J. Knüsel, and Clark Spencer Larsen, A Bioarchaeological and Forensic Re-Assessment of Vulture Defleshing and Mortuary Practices at Neolithic Çatalhöyük.  Journal of Archaeological Science, 10:735-743.

Jessica Pearson, Amy Bogaard, Michael Charles, Katheryn Twiss, Nerissa Russell, Clark Spencer Larsen, and Simon Hillson  (2015)   Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis at Neolithic Çatalhöyük: Evidence for Human and Animal Diet and the Relationship to Households.  Journal of Archaeological Science 57:69-79.

Jessica Pearson, Scott D. Haddow, Christopher J. Knüsel, Clark Spencer Larsen, and Joshua W. Sadvari   (2015)  Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis and Dietary Reconstruction through the Life Course at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey.  Journal of Social Archaeology 15:210-232.

Clark Spencer Larsen, Simon W. Hillson, Basak Boz, Marin A. Pilloud, Joshua W. Sadvari, Sabrina C. Agarwal, Bonnie Glencross, Patrick Beauchesne, Jessica Pearson, Christopher B. Ruff, Evan M. Garofalo, Lori D. Hager, Scott D. Haddow, and Christopher J. Knüsel  (2015)   Bioarchaeology of Neolithic Çatalhöyük: Lives and Lifestyles of an Early Farming Society in Transition.  Journal of World Prehistory 28:27-68.

John L. Brooke and Clark Spencer Larsen  (2014)   The Nurture of Nature: Genetics, Epigenetics, and Environment in Human Biohistory.  In: Roundtable Forum on History and Biology, edited by Randolph Roth.  American Historical Review 119:1500-1513.

Principal Investigators:

  • Clark Spencer Larsen, Ohio State University; Christopher J. Knüsel, University of Bordeaux


  • Marin Pilloud, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Ian Hodder, Stanford University
  • Christopher B. Ruff, John Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Bonnie Glencross, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Jessica Pearson, University of Liverpool
  • Evan M. Garofalo, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Scott D. Haddow, Stanford University
  • Marco Milella, University of Zurich
  • Mehmet Somel, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
  • Fusun Ozer, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

BARL Ph.D. Graduates

Heather Edgar 2002 Associate Professor, University of New Mexico
Loren Lease 2003 Associate Professor, Youngstown State University
Kimberly Williams 2005 Associate Professor, Temple University
Daniel Temple 2007 Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Tracy Betsinger 2007 Associate Professor, State University of New York, College at Oneonta
James H Gosman 2007 Private Practice, Orthopaedic Surgery Adjunct Associate Professor Ohio State University
Haagen Klaus 2008 Associate Professor, George Mason University
Deborrah Pinto 2009 Forensic Anthropologist, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Brian Scott Aubry 2009 Lecturer, Ohio State University- Newark
Robin Feeney 2009 Assistant Professor, University College Dublin
Marin Pilloud 2009 Assistant Professor, University of Nevada
Joshua Peck 2009 Forensic Scientist, Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii
Jaime Ullinger 2010 Assistant Professor, Quinnipiac University
Jules Angel 2010 Lecturer, The Ohio State University
Joyce Chan 2011 Assistant Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Amanda Agnew 2011 Assistant Professor, Wright State University
Heather Jarrellc2011 Lecturer, University of California, Merced
Leslie Gregoricka 2011 Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama
Stephen Schlecht 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Britney Kyle 2012 Assistant Professor, Northern Colorado University
Laurie Reitsema 2012 Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Amy Hubbard 2012 Assistant Professor, Wright State University
Corey Maggiano 2012 Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
Megan Ingvoldstadt 2012 Forensic Anthropologist, Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii
Pedro da Gloria 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sao Paolo
Giuseppe Vercellotti 2012 Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University; President, Piezosurgery Inc.
Samantha Blatt 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Boise State University
Sarah Martin 2013 Assistant Professor, Spokane Falls Community College
Lara McCormick 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
Leslie Williams 2013 Assistant Professor, Beloit College
Michaela Huffman 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Timothy Gocha 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas State University
Adam Kolatorowicz 2015 Assistant Professor, Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Randee Hunter 2015 Clinical Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine