Marta Alfonso-Durruty

  Assistant Professor
  Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
  Kansas State University
  Waters Hall 008
  Manhattan KS 66506
  Phone: (785)532-4982


A native Chilean Dr. Alfonso-Durruty has conducted research on human remains in Chile, Easter Island, and Arkansas. A common emphasis in these studies has been the assessment of the health status and degree of environmental and social adaptation of past populations. Dr. Alfonso-Durruty has also investigated the health consequences of the transition from hunter-gathering economies to agriculturalist ones, gender and social status differences, and the degree of adaptational success of past populations. 

Among other studies, Dr. Alfonso-Durruty  assessed the accuracy of Harris lines as a non-specific stress marker, and applicability of the basiocciput method in the determination of neonate's age at death in prehistoric groups in chile.

Dr. Alfonso Durruty is currently conducting research on: 1) ethnogenesis in Patagonia and  Tierra del Fuego, and 2) dietary diversity and changes in prehistotic central-northern, Chile.

Dr. Alfonso-Durruty is also an Editorial Board Member of Magallania, a peer-reviewed journal published by Instituto Patagonia, and Chungara.

Selected Publications
Dental Pathologies and Diet in the Middle Woodland Burials at Helena Crossin, Arkansas. North Am. Archaeologist 35.
Basiocciput age at death estimation assessment in Subadults from Punta Teatinos, Chile. Anthropologie. Int J Sci Man XLIX/2.
Experimental Assessment of nutrition and bone growth effects on Harris lines formation Am J Physical Anthropol 145.
Revisiting the Dead at Helena Crossing South Eastern Archaeology Journal 29.
Análisis bioantropológico de un enterratorio humano en Cabo Nose  Magallania 39
Reevaluating Harris Lines -A comparison between Harris lines and enamel hypoplasia  Collegium Anthropologicum 29
Ethics of the flesh & Bone Human Remains  (Cassman, Ondegard & Powel, Eds) pp. 5-19
Transition to Agriculture in Northern Chile Ancient Health (Cohen & Crane-Kramer, Eds). pp. 113-129.