Nichole K. – BASIS Scottsdale

BASIS Scottsdale Senior Nichole K.

Unearthing the Truth: Disease Patterns and Social Organizations in Nubia

Project/blog link: Unearthing the Truth: Disease Patterns and Social Organizations in Nubia
BASIS Advisor: Ms. Brittany Silbaugh
Internship location: ASU, School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Brenda Baker, Associate Professor

Project Abstract

Extending along the Nile River from the First Cataract at Aswan, Egypt, to the Sixth Cataract north of Khartoum, Sudan, the Kingdom of Nubia has long been the subject of study for archaeologists. Cataracts refer to rocky areas of rapids that disturb the flow of the Nile River. Though Nubia has been given less attention than ancient Egypt by archaeologists, Nubia had a long and complicated relationship with Egypt in which both kingdoms heavily influenced each other. My project takes place in Dr. Baker’s Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition (BONE) lab where the cleaning and labeling of skeletal remains occur. These remains have been excavated from the El-Ginefab School Site, a large cemetery next to the El-Ginefab Village in Northern Sudan. Besides cleaning and labeling the skeletons, the methodology of the research project consists of going through written field records on grave sites and creating data sets with that information. The R Programming language, a computer language used for statistical computing and data analysis, will be used to check for patterns in the burials and skeletal remains. From this analysis of the burials and remains, the project aims to discover social roles and organizations present in Nubia, patterns in burial orientation, and possibly differences in health status between genders.

Unearthing the Truth: Disease Patterns and Social Organizations in Nubia