McMaster Paleoethnobotany Research Facility (MPERF)
Sensory Ethnography Research Lab at McMaster Innovation Park
To learn more about the research we do in Anthropology, browse our research snaps. Snaps are short, readable summaries of what we do, what we discover, and why it matters.
Research SNAPS: Making Humanitarian Action Possible
Delivering humanitarian aid in postwar societies can be difficult in the face of political pressures and great demand for limited resources. In order for aid to be effective, the criteria for what constitutes legitimate humanitarian action must be...
Research SNAP: A Conversation With the Past Through Modern Mummification
Until recently modern mummification using traditional techniques had not been performed. A modern mummy, however, offers a unique and valuable connection between modern research and the ancient world.
Research SNAPS: Early Humans in the Aegean Basin
This McMaster project is helping to rewrite the migration routes early humans took to reach Europe, with archaeologists’ discoveries at the site of Stélida on the Cycladic island of Naxos (southern Greece) suggesting that our early ancestors were in...
Research SNAPS: Fight Childhood Obesity with Government-Funded School Meal Programs
School meal programs that provide every child with a lunch may be an appropriate long-term strategy to tackle the rising rate of childhood obesity. These government-funded programs do this by addressing household food insecurity and promoting food...
Research SNAPS: Staging history for Thailand’s far south: fantasy for a supposedly pliant Muslim community
By developing an “official” history of its land, the Thailand's government tries to ignore internal problems in its Muslim-dominant far south provinces. Moreover, the absence of any serious attempt to interpret the resurgence of violence and to...
Research SNAPS: A Comparison of Craft Learning in the Lake Titicaca Basin
The ceramic making practices contribute to and reflect political and economic processes. In addition, these practices around the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin were not confined but spread to other regions through various sociopolitical means.
Research SNAPS: Why Have Infants Been Buried this Way?
Archaeological records show that when infants die, their burial is often absent, simple, or segregated from burial grounds of others in their community. This trend, along with exceptions, is best explained by a view based on psychology-based...
Research SNAPS: A Look at Bones of War
Knowing the age-at-death of individuals who died in the past is critical for our understanding of past events and living conditions. Techniques such as Transition Analysis of the auricular surface and examination of epiphyseal development and fusion...