Alexis Boutin

Title: Associate Professor; Coordinator, Cultural Resources Management M.A. Program
Concentration:Biological Anthropology, bioarchaeology, human skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, narrative interpretations of gender and identity; ancient Near East, eastern Mediterranean, Arabian gulf
Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 2008; B.A., Pomona College 2000
Office: Stevenson 2054A
Phone: (707) 664-2729


To put it simply, I am a bioarchaeologist. My research focuses on ancient Near Eastern, Gulf, and eastern Mediterranean cultures, which I have cultivated through fieldwork in Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Crete. I have also worked on collections at the British Museum, University College London and, most recently, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology.

To put it less simply, I am a broadly trained anthropologist whose research draws from biological anthropology, archaeology, and social theory, thus bridging the anthropological subfields. I use human skeletal remains, archaeological contexts, and ancient texts to explore embodied personhood in all of its iterations --gender, sex, age, class, kin relations, religion, etc. I interpret these personhoods by means of fictive osteobiographical narratives, which are framed in terms of a life course model.


  • ANTH 201: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 329: Bioarchaeology
  • ANTH 342: Organization of Societies
  • ANTH 412: Human Osteology
  • ANTH 415: Forensic Anthropology Methods

Selected Scholarship:

Benjamin W. Porter and Alexis T. Boutin, editors. Remembering and Commemorating the Dead: Recent Contributions in Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Analysis from the Ancient Near East. University of Colorado Press.
Alexis T. Boutin, Gloria L. Nusse, Sabrina B. Sholts, and Benjamin W. Porter. “Face to Face With the Past: Reconstructing a Teenage Boy from Early Dilmun,” Near Eastern Archaeology 75(2): 68-79.
Benjamin W. Porter and Alexis T. Boutin. “The Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project:  A first look at the Peter B. Cornwall Collection at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum,” Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 23: 35-49.
Alexis T. Boutin. “Written in Stone, Written in Bone: The Osteobiography of a Bronze Age Craftsman from Alalakh.” In The Bioarchaeology of Individuals,A. L.W. Stodder and A. M. Palkovich, eds. University Press of Florida, pp. 193-214.
Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to Bioarchaeology, A. Baadsgaard, A. T. Boutin, and J. E. Buikstra, eds. SAR Press.
Alexis T. Boutin. “Crafting a Bioarchaeology of Personhood: Osteobiographical Narratives from Alalakh.” In Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to Bioarchaeology, A. Baadsgaard, A. T. Boutin, and J. E. Buikstra, eds. SAR Press.
  Alexis T. Boutin. “The Burials.” In Tell Atchana, Ancient Alalakh, Volume I: The 2003-2004 Excavation Seasons. K.A. Yener, ed. Istanbul: Koç Universitesi Yayınları, pp. 111-121.
   Colleen Morgan, Alexis T. Boutin, Sheel Jagani, and Benjamin W. Porter. “Old Bones, Digital Narratives: Investigating the Peter B. Cornwall Collection in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum.” University Museums and Collections Journal 3: 113-119.