Dr. Tamara Varney


Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Rd.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 5E1
(807) 343-8204
 
Education:
 
2003 PhD (Archaeology), University of Calgary
1994 MSc (Human Biology), University of Guelph
1991 HBSc (Anthropology/Biology), Trent University
 
Research Interests:
 
Bioarchaeology (osteology, palaeopathology, palaeodietary reconstruction/stable isotope analysis), historic cemetery archaeology, forensic anthropology, British Caribbean and Northeastern North America  
 
Academic Awards:  
 
  • 2001 PRA (Organization of American States) Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1999-2000 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship 
 
 
Major External Funding:  
 
  • 2005-2008 Co-Investigator, SSHRC Standard Research Grant ($93,000)
Selected Publications:
 
Swantson, T., T. Varney, I. Coulthard, R. Feng, B. Bewer, R. Murphy, C. Hennig, and D. Cooper 
  2012  Element localization in archaeological bone using synchrotron radiation x-ray fluorescence:  identification of biogenic uptake.  Journal of Archaeological Science in press.

Varney, T.L. 
  2011  The Royal Naval Hospital cemetery at English Harbour, Antigua:  not just the "Grave of the Englishman".  Proceedings of the XXIII International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Antigua, 2009.   print pp. 291-300; digtial pp. 447-459.

Boyd, M., T.L. Varney, C., Surette, and J. Surette.  
  2008 Reassessing the northern limit of maize consumption in North America:  stable isotopes, plant microfossil, and trace element content of carbonized food residue.  Journal of Archaeological Science 35(9):2545-2556.
 
de Mille, C.N., T.L. Varney, and M. Turney
  2008  Saladoid lapidary technology:  new methods for investigating stone bead drilling techniques.  In Crossing the Borders:  new methods and techniques in the study of material culture in the Caribbean.  Edited by C.L. Hofman, M.L.P. Hoogland, and A. Gijn. 
The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL.  Pp. 78-89
 
Varney T.L.
  2007 Does diet reflect group membership?  A stable isotope analysis of human remains from the Royal Naval Hospital cemetery at English Harbour, Antigua, W.I.  Proceedings of the XXI International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Trinidad, 2005, Vol. 2:667-676.
 
Garvie-Lok, S., T.L. Varney, and M. Katzenberg
  2004  Preparation of Bone Carbonate for Stable Isotope Analysis: The Effects of Treatment Time and Acid Concentration. Journal of Archaeological Science 31(6):763-776. 
 
de Mille C., and T.L. Varney
  2003  A Preliminary Investigation of Saladoid Stone Bead Manufacturing. Proceedings of the XIX International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Aruba, 2001 Vol. II:43-53.
 
Baker, B., T.L. Varney, R. Wilkinson, L. Anderson, and M. Liston
  2001  Repatriation and the Study of Human Remains. In The Future of the Past: Archaeologists, Native Americans, and Repatriation, edited by T. Bray, pp. 69-83. Garland Publishing, NY. 
 
Pfeiffer, S., and T.L. Varney
  2001  Quantifying Histological and Chemical Preservation in Archaeological Bone. In Close to the Bone: Biogeochemical Approaches to Paleodietary Analysis in Archaeology, edited by S. Ambrose and M. Katzenberg, pp. 141-158. Advances in Archaeology and Museum Science Series, Plenum Press.
 
Varney, T.L., and D. Nicholson
  2001  Digging the "Grave of the Englishman": A Preliminary Report on Excavations at a Former British Navy Hospital Cemetery, English Harbour, Antigua. Proceedings of the XVIII International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Grenada, WI, 1999 Tome I:329-335.
 
Varney, T.L., and S. Pfeiffer
  1995  The People of the Hind site. Ontario Archaeology 59:96-108.
 
Some Recent Conference Presentations:
 
Varney, T.L.
  2011  Archaeological mitigation of a plantation family burying ground.  Paper presented at the International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Martinique.
 
Varney, T.L., D.M.L. Cooper, I. Coulthard, G.N. George, I.J. Pickering, and A.R. Murphy
  2010  A preliminary investigation of lead contamination in a Napoleonic era naval cemetery in Antigua, W.I.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Saskatoon, SK. 

Varney, T.L. 
  2009  The Royal Naval Hospital Cemetery at English Harbour, Antigua:  not just the "Grave of the Englishman".  Paper presented at the International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Antigua.
 
Varney, T.L.
  2009  Dining in the Bush:  evidence from stable isotope analysis of ceramic residues.  Paper presented at the Canadian Archaeological Conference, Thunder Bay, ON.
 
Varney, T.L., L.M. Anderson, and H.A. Sparkes
  2008  Stable isotope analysis of the Schyler Flatts burial ground.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Hamilton, ON.
 
Varney, T.L. and S. Burke
  2007  Evaluating Health in the British Caribbean:  Antigua, 1863-1872.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Banff, AB.
 
Varney, T.L. and S.J. Garvie-Lok
  2006  Mineral yield as an indicator of bone quality for carbonate analyses.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Peterborough, ON.
 
de Mille, C.N., T.L. Varney, and M. Turney.
  2006  Saladoid lapidary technology:  new methods for investigating stone bead drilling techniques.  Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
   
Varney, T.L.
  2005  Using Stable Isotopic Analysis to Make Determinations of Group Membership in a Colonial Cemetery in Antigua, West Indies. Paper presented at the Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association Annual Meeting Terre Haute, IN. 
 
Varney, T.L.
  2005  Does Diet Reflect Group Membership? A Stable Isotope Analysis of Human Remains from the Royal Naval Hospital Cemetery at English Harbour, Antigua, W.I. Paper presented at the XXI International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Trinidad, July 2005.
 
Varney, T.L., P. Courtaud, and T. Romon
  2005  Establishing Natality in a Colonial Caribbean Slave Cemetery (Sainte-Marguerite, Guadeloupe, FWI) Using Stable Isotopes (dC13 and d180). Paper presented at the Chacmool Archaeological Conference, Calgary, AB.  
 
Varney, T.L., P. Courtaud, and T. Romon  
  2005  Régime alimentaire et histoires diététiques chez une population d'esclaves d'époque coloniale - Le cimetière de l'Anse Sainte-Marguerite (Guadeloupe). Paper presented at the GMPCA (Groupe de Méthodes Pluridisciplinaires Contribuant à l'Archéologie) Archéométrie 2005 Conference, Salay, France.   
 
Varney, T.L.
  2004  Reconstructing Diet and Dietary Histories in a Colonial African-Caribbean Population from Guadeloupe, West Indies. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Tampa, FL.
 
Varney, T.L.
  2003  Tracing Life Histories Using Stable Isotopes of Bone and Teeth in a Colonial Population of the Caribbean. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Edmonton, AB.
 
Garvie-Lok, S., and T.L. Varney (refereed)
  2002  The Impact of Acetic Acid Pretreatment on Apatite Carbonate. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, Buffalo, NY.
 
Varney, T.L.
  2002  Private Voices and Public Records:  Using Historical Documents and Osteology to Reconstruct Colonial Life in the Caribbean. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Ottawa, ON.
 
Varney, T.L., and B. Baker
  2002  Developmental Defects in Two Individuals from a Historic Munsee Cemetery in New York. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Buffalo, NY.
 
de Mille, C., and T.L. Varney
  2001  A Preliminary Investigation of Saladoid Stone Bead Manufacturing. Paper presented at the XIX International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Aruba.
    
Varney, T.L.
  2001  Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Analyses at a Colonial Naval Cemetery at English Harbour, Antigua, WI. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists, Winnipeg, Manitoba.