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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Art Durband


B.A., English and Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 1994
M.A., Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 1997
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004


Dr. Durband is a paleoanthropologist who has conducted research on ancient human remains in Indonesia, Europe, and Australia. His research interests include the origins of modern humans, the biology of early Australians, and virtual anthropology. Dr. Durband was a Fulbright senior scholar to Australia in 2014, and during his fellowship he worked with the skeletons from the site of Roonka in South Australia. He has CT scanned over 300 skeletons of ancient Australians, including the earliest known human remains from that continent.

Recent Publications:

Pardoe C & Durband AC (in press) Tooth avulsion along the Murray River, southeastern Australia. In (Burnett S & Irish J, editors) A World View of (Bio)Culturally Modified Teeth: Past and Present. University Press of Florida.

Westaway MC, Durband AC, and Lambert D (2015) Human evolution in Sunda and Sahul and the (continuing) contributions of Professor Colin Groves. In (Behie, AM and Oxenham, M, eds) Taxonomic Tapestries: the threads of evolutionary, behavioural and conservation research. Australian National University Press. Pgs 249-276.

Durband, AC (2014) Brief Communication: Artificial modification in the cranial samples from Kow Swamp and Cohuna. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155: 173-178.

Durband AC, Littleton J & Walshe K (2014) Patterns in ritual tooth avulsion at Roonka. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154: 479-485.

Hill, EC & Durband, AC (2014) Mobility and subsistence at the Willandra Lakes: a comparative analysis of femoral cross-sectional properties in the Lake Mungo 3 skeleton. Journal of Human Evolution 73: 103-106.

Durband, AC & Westaway, M (2013) Perspectives on the origins of modern Australians. In (Smith, FH and Ahern, J, eds) The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered. Wiley-Blackwell. Pgs 123-150.