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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Marta Alfonso-Durruty

Alfonso-durruty in the lab

PhD Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton;  MA Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Professional Degree in Archaeology, Universidad de Chile;  BA Anthropology and Prehistory, Universidad de Chile.
Associate Professor, SASW Department,  Kansas State University, Waters Hall 008,   Manhattan KS 66506, Phone: (785)532-4982, email: alfonsod@ksu.edu

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 a Genographic Grantee and  is currently conducting research on: 1) genetic analysis of prehistoric and living Native groups from Fuego-Patagonia, Chile, 2) ethnogenesis in Patagonia and  Tierra del Fuego, 3) dietary diversity and changes in prehistoric groups from the semiarid region of Chile, and 4) Dietary changes in prehistoric groups from 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

Alfonso-Durruty MP, A Troncoso, P Larach, C Becker, N Misarti. 2017. Maize (Zea mays) consumption in the southern andes (30º-31 º S Lat.): Stable isotope evidence (2000 BCE–1540 CE). American Journal of Physical Anthropology (early view): 1-15.

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Valeggia C. 2016.  Growth strategies among the Qom indigenous children of the Argentine Gran Chaco. American Journal of Human Biology 28: 895-904.

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Giles BT, Misarti N, San Roman M, Morello F. 2015. Antiquity and geographic distribution of cranial modification among the preshistoric groups of Fuego-Patagonia, Chile. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158: 607-623. 

Becker LC, Alfonso-Durruty M, Misarti N, Troncoso A, Larach P. 2015. Estudio isotopico de la diesta en contextos prehistoricos del Norte Semiarido. Boletin del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural 64: (in press). 

Morello F, Calás E, Torres J, Borella F, San Román M, Martin F, Contreras L, Martínez I, Lucero M, Alfonso-Durruty MP, Masone M. 2015 Arqueología del sitio Bahia Baxa 7, Primera Angostura, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Magallania 43(2). (In press).

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Bauder J, Giles BT. 2014. Dental pathologies and diet in the Middle Woodland Burials from Helena Crossing, Arkansas. North American Archaeologists 35(1): 87-108. 

Thompson JL, Alfonso-Durruty MP, Crandall J (eds). 2014. Tracing childhoods: Bioarchaeological investigations of early lives in antiquity. Series: Bioarchaeological interpretations of the human past: Local, regional, and global perspectives, Larsen CS (Series Editor). University Press of Florida. (In press).

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Thompson JL. 2014. Little helping hands: insights from Punta Teatinos, Chile. In: Tracing childhoods: Bioarchaeological investigations of early lives in antiquity. Series: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, Larsen CS (Series Editor). University Press of Florida.

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Thompson JL, Crandall J. 2014. Little bodies: the life of children in the past. In: Tracing childhoods: Bioarchaeological investigations of early lives in antiquity. Thompson JL, Alfonso-Durruty MP, Crandall J (eds). Series: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, Larsen CS (Series Editor). University Press of Florida. (In press).

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Bauder J, Giles BT. 2014. Dental Pathologies and Diet in the Middle Woodland Burials from Helena Crossing, Arkansas. North American Archaeologist 35(1):87-108.

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Thompson JL. 2011. Bassiocciput age estimation assessment in subadults from Punta Teatinos, Chile. Anthropologie. International Journal of the Science of Man XLIX,2: 125–132.

Alfonso-Durruty MP, Morello F., Calas E. 2011.  Análisis bioantropológico de un enterratorio humano del Holoceno Tardío en Cabo Nose, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. [Bioanthropological analysis of a Late Holocene burial from Cape Nose, Tierra del Fuego, Chile].  Magallania 39 (1): 5–20. 

Alfonso-Durruty, MP. 2011. Experimental assessment of nutrition and bone growth’s velocity effects on Harris lines formation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145: 169–180.