Ep. 2: Dr. Cynthia Wilczak – Occupational Stress Markers

Bone spurs on calcaneus (heel bone) from Achilles tendon. Image courtesy of Dr. Wilczak.


Dr. Wilczak talks about functional adaptions of the skeleton, or occupational stress markers. She explains how bioarchaeologists use changes in the skeleton to deduce what an individual’s regular physical activity patterns might have been like. Dr. Wilczak provides plenty of examples and also discusses the limitations of the science. Additionally, Dr. Wilczak and I talk about uses for an anthropology degree beyond academia.

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