I study human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. As a bioarchaeologist I am interested in how oral health and disease, specific and nonspecific indicators of stress, pathology and behaviour play into our understanding of the general health, social identities and lifeways of prehistoric people within the context of their natural and cultural environment. My research area is Holocene Southeast Asia. I have been involved in research projects in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines and I received my PhD from The Australian National University in 2016.

Currently I am involved in a project in Myanmar as the bioarchaeologist for the Mission Archéologique Française au Myanmar. I have an interest in palaeohealth, palaeodietary reconstruction using stable isotopes and mortuary archaeology, in particular L'anthropologie de terrain. I also volunteer for the Australian Defence Force as a biological anthropologist.

I teach Forensic Archaeology and Hominin Evolution. My research interests and background directly complement my teaching, providing a broad range of experience that provides students a real life perspective and understanding of how the disciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology and forensic science including criminology are interconnected.

  • AR2407: Forensic Archaeology (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • AR2416: Ancient Ancestors to Digital Devices: Our Evolutionary Journey (Level 2; TSV)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr Anna Willis from 2011 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Reconstruction of the Biological Profile of Modern and Prehistoric Thai Populations (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A New Lease of Life: Using advanced Analytical Techniques in Bioarchaeology to Maximise the Understanding of the Prehistory of Sardinia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Body size, health, and diet at Con Co Ngua, Vietnam: an isotopic assessment of diet and physiological assessment of skeletal remains (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Shaping the stone: an experimental archaeology approach to the Plain of Jars megaliths, Lao PDR. (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Analysis and Comparison of the Dentition and Dental Health of the people of Non Ban Jak (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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