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The Australian National University

Dr Marc Oxenham

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Position: Reader in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

Email: marc.oxenham@anu.edu.au

Phone: + 61 2 6125 4418

Mailing Address

Marc Oxenham PhD FSA

School of Archaeology & Anthropology

CASS, AD Hope Bld

ANU, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

Research Interests

My main research has concentrated on exploring aspects of human palaeohealth, palaeopathology and behaviour by way of analyses of human skeletal and dental material. Geographically, I have focused on Southeast Asia with the majority of my work being in Vietnam (and more recently the Philippines). Temporally, I am particularly interested in the Hunter-Gatherer/Neolithic interface in Holocene Southeast and Eastern Asia.

Community Outreach

My expertise in human skeletal biology has been recognised nationally through invitations to consult on a range of forensic cases for the Australian Federal Police, Australian Government Solicitor, The Australian Defence Forces (in particular the Unrecovered War Casualties Unit-Australian Army) as well as the New South Wales Police Force. I was the forensic anthropologist invited to identify the remains of the last two Australian Defence Force personnel (Flying Officer Michael Herbert, Pilot Officer Robert Carver) to be recovered from Vietnam. Further, I have been invited on numerous investigations of Australian MIAs in Papua New Guinea, and more recently East Timor, over the last several years.

Current/Past Positions

2013-Current. Reader in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

2013-Current. Australian Future Fellowship

2011-Current. Fellow of the Society of Atiquaries of London

2011-2014. President of the Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB)

Current & Recent Funded Research Projects

2015. Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research. FI: Shari Forbes; CIs and PIs: Roux, Prof Claude P; Stuart, A/Prof Barbara H; Fu, Dr Shanlin; Wallman, A/Prof James F; Roberts, Prof Richard G; van den Bergh, Dr Gerrit D; Donlon, Dr Denise; Adler, Dr Christina J; Shewan, Dr Louise G; Robertson, Prof James; Oxenham, A/Prof Marc F; Mallett, Dr Xanthe; Walsh, Dr Simon J; Wenger, Dr Eric; Found, Dr Bryan J; Hayes, Mr Robert J; Harris, Mr Scott M; Cole, Mr David; Dodson, Prof John R; Blau, Dr Soren; Archer, Dr Melanie S.ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant: $430,000.

2013-2017. Origins, health and demography of ancestral Southeast Asians: 2500 BC to 1000 AD. Australian Future Fellowship: $708,777.

2011-2015. The Archaeological and Biological Foundations of Southeast Asia, 2500 to 1000 BC. With Prof. P. Bellwood, Dr HC Hung. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: $310,730.

2007-2010. The Creation of Southeast Asian peoples and Cultures, 3500 BC to AD 500. With Prof. P. Bellwood, and Dr J. Stevenson. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: $351,618.

2007. The Role of Taiwan in the Creation of Southeast Asian Peoples and Cultures, 3500 BC to AD 500. With Prof. Peter Bellwood, Prof. Tsang Cheng-hwa, Dr Hung Hsiao-chun, Dr Yoshiyuki Iizuka. Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Taiwan, ROC: $84,000.

2006: The Flores hobbit - Homo floresiensis or microcephalic eastern Indonesian? With Dr Francis David Bulbeck. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: $40,000.

Recent & Main Publications

Books

Pechenkina K, and Oxenham MF, editiors. 2013. Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University of Florida Press. http://upf.com/book.asp?id=PECHE001

Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and Nguyen KDD, editors. 2011. Man Bac: The Excavation of a Neolithic Site in Northern Vietnam. The Biology. Terra Australis 33. Australian National University E Press. http://press.anu.edu.au/titles/terra-australis/ta33_citation/

Oxenham MF, editor. 2008. Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse. Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

Oxenham MF, and Tayles N, editors. 2006. Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

Matsumura H, Oxenham MF, Nguyen LC. (in press). Hoabinhians: A key population with which to debate the peopling Southeast Asia. In Yousuke Kaifu, Masami Izuho, Ted Goebel, Hiroyuki Sato, and Akira Ono (Eds). Emergence and Diversity of Modern Human Behavior in Paleolithic Asia. Texas A & M Press.

Piper P, Oxenham MF. 2014. Of prehistoric pioneers: The establishment of the first sedentary settlements in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam during the period 2000-1500 cal. BC. In K Boyle, RJ Rabett and CO Hunt (editors). Living in the landscape: Essays in Honour of Graeme Barker. McDonald institute Monographs, University of Cambridge, p: 209-226.

Matsumura H, and Oxenham MF. 2013. Eastern Asia and Japan: human biology. In I Ness (editor) The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.

Pechenkina E, and Oxenham MF. 2013. . Research on human skeletal biology in East Asia: A historical overview. In Pechenkina K, and Oxenham MF (editors). Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University of Florida Press, p: 1-27.

Pechenkina E, and Oxenham MF. 2013. Human ecology in continental and insular East Asia. In Pechenkina K, and Oxenham MF (editors). Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University of Florida Press, p: 28-58.

Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and Drake A. 2013. Trauma and infectious disease in northern Japan: Okhotsk and Jomon. In Pechenkina K, and Oxenham MF (editors). Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University of Florida Press, p: 399-416.

Matsumura H, and  Oxenham MF. 2013. Population dispersal from East Asia into Southeast Asia: Evidence from cranial and dental morphology. In Pechenkina K, and Oxenham MF (editors). Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University of Florida Press, p: 179-209.

Oxenham MF, and Pechenkina E. 2013. Major trends in a temporally, genetically and eco-culturally diverse region. In Pechenkina K, and Oxenham MF (editors). Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University of Florida Press, p: 482-498.

Matsumura H., Oxenham M.F., Thuy N.K., Cuong N.L. 2011. The Population History of Mainland Southeast Asia: Two Layer Model in the Context of Northern Vietnam. In: Enfield NJ and White JC (editors). Dynamics of Human Diversity: the Case of Mainland Southeast Asia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, pp 153-178.

Matsumura H, and Oxenham MF. 2011. The Bioarchaeology of Man Bac: Research Methods. Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and Nguyen KDD, editors. Man Bac: The Excavation of a Neolithic Site in Northern Vietnam. The Biology. Terra Australis 33. Australian National University E Press.

Domett K, and Oxenham MF. 2011. The Demographic profile of the Man Bac Cemetery. Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and Nguyen KDD, editors. Man Bac: The Excavation of a Neolithic Site in Northern Vietnam. The Biology. Terra Australis 33. Australian National University E Press.

Oxenham MF, and Domett K. 2011. Palaeohealth at Man Bac. Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and Nguyen KDD, editors. Man Bac: The Excavation of a Neolithic Site in Northern Vietnam. The Biology. Terra Australis 33. Australian National University E Press.

Oxenham MF, and Matsumura H. 2011. Man Bac: Regional, cultural and temporal context. Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and Nguyen KDD, editors. Man Bac: The Excavation of a Neolithic Site in Northern Vietnam. The Biology. Terra Australis 33. Australian National University E Press.

Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, Domett K, Nguyen KT, Nguyen LC, Nguyen LC, Huffer D, and Muller S. 2008. Childhood in late Neolithic Vietnam: bio-mortuary insights into an ambiguous life stage. In K Bacvarov, editor. Babies Reborn: Infant/child burials in Pre- and Protohistory. B.A.R. International Series, Oxford: Archaeopress.

Bellwood P, and Oxenham M. 2008. The expansions of farming societies and the role of the Neolithic Demographic Transition. In: Bocquet-Appel J-P, and Bar-Yosef O, editors. The Neolithic Demographic Transition and its Consequences. Dordrecht: Springer.

Oxenham MF. 2008. The Forensic Sciences, Anthropology and Investigations into Abuse and the Loss of Life. In Oxenham MF, editor. Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse. Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

Oxenham MF, Knight T, and Westaway M. 2008. Identification of Australian Aboriginal Mortuary remains. In Oxenham MF, editor. Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse. Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

Oxenham MF, Barwick R. 2008. Human, Sheep or Kangaroo: a Practical Guide to Identifying Human Skeletal Remains in Australia. In Oxenham MF, editor. Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse. Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

Oxenham MF, Nguyen LC, and Nguyen KT. 2006. The oral health consequences of the adoption and intensification of agriculture in Southeast Asia. In: Oxenham M, and Tayles N, editors. Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p:263-289.

Oxenham MF, and Tayles N. 2006. Synthesising Southeast Asian Population History and Palaeohealth. In: Oxenham M, and Tayles N, editors. Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p:335-349.

Tayles N, and Oxenham MF. 2006. Southeast Asian Bioarchaeology: Past and Present. In: Oxenham M, and Tayles N, editors. Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p:1-30.

Oxenham MF, Walters I, Nguyen LC and Nguyen KT. 2004. Tien Su Muon O Viet Nam Bang Chung Ve Cac Chan Thuong Duoc Phuc Hoi. In: Mot The Ky Khao Co Hoc Viet Nam, Tap 1. Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Khao Hoc Xa Hoi, p:334-354.

Research Articles

Cave C, Oxenham MF. 2014. Identification of the archaeological ‘invisible elderly’: An approach illustrated with an Anglo-Saxon example. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2408

Bertrand J, Oxenham MF. 2014. Dimensional shrinkage in kangaroo femora at constant low temperature. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2014.925973

Matsumura H, Oxenham MF. 2014. Demographic Transitions and Migration in Prehistoric East/Southeast Asia through the lens of Nonmetric Dental Traits. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155: 45-65. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22537

Piper PJ, Campos FZ, Kinh DN, Amano N, Oxenham MF, Bui CH, Bellwood P, Willis A. 2014. Early evidence for pig and dog husbandry from the Neolithic site of An Son, southern Vietnam. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 24:68-78.

Willis, A and Oxenham MF. 2013. The Neolithic Demographic Transition and Oral Health: The Southeast Asian Experience. American Journal of Physical 152(2): 197-208.

Willis A, and Oxenham MF. 2013. A case of maternal and perinatal death in Neolithic Southern Vietnam, c. 2100-1500 BCE. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23:676-684.

Drake, A and Oxenham M. 2013. Disease, climate and the peopling of the Americas. Historical Biology 25(5-6): 565-597.

Cameron A, Oxenham MF.2012.  Disarticulation sequences and scattering patterns in temperate southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 44(2): 197-211.

Hanihara T, Matsumura H, Kawakubo Y, Nguyen LC, Nguyen KT, Oxenham MF, Dodo Y. 2012. Population history of the northern Vietnamese inferred from nonmetric cranial trait variation. Anthropological Science 120(2): 157-165.

McDonell A, Oxenham MF. 2012. Localised Primary Canine Hypoplasia: Implications for Maternal and Infant Health at Man Bac, Vietnam, 3500-4000 years BP. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 22:235-244.

Oxenham, MF. 2012. Kids through adult eyes: the bioarchaeology of children. The SAA Archaeological Record 12(2):35-7.

Bellwood P, Oxenham M, Bui CH, Nguyen TKD, Willis A, Sarjeant C, Piper P, Matsumura H, Tanaka K, Beavan M, Higham T, Nguyen QM, Dan NK, Nguyen KTK, Vo TH, VNB, Tran TKQ, Nguyen PT, Campos F, Sato YI, Nguyen LC and Amano N. 2011. An Son and the Neolithic of Southern Vietnam. Asian Perspectives, 50(1-2): 144-175.

Hung HC, Carson MT, Bellwood P, Campos FZ, Piper PJ, Dizon E, Bolunia MJLA, Oxenham M and Chi Z. 2011. The first settlement of Remote Oceania: the Philippines to the Marianas. Antiquity 85:909-926.

Tilley L, and Oxenham MF. 2011. Survival against the odds: social implications of care provision to a seriously disabled individual in Neolithic Vietnam. International Journal of Palaeopathology 1(1):35-42.

Oxenham MF, and Cavill, I. 2010. Porotic Hyperostosis and Cribra Orbitalia: the Erythropoietic Response to Iron-Deficiency Anaemia. Anthropological Science 118(3):199-200.

Fitzgerald CM, and Oxenham MF. 2009. Modelling Time-Since-Death in Australian Temperate Conditions. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 41(1):27-41. [Open as PDF]

Oxenham, MF, Tilley, L, Matsumura H, Nguyen LC, Nguyen KT, Nguyen KD, Domett K, Huffer D. 2009. Paralysis and Severe Disability Requiring Intensive Care in Neolithic Asia. Anthropological Science, 2: 107-112.

Oxenham M.F., Matsumura H, Domett K, Nguyen Kim Thuy, Nguyen Kim Dung, Nguyen Lan Cuong, Huffer D, Muller S. 2008. Health and the experience of childhood in late Neolithic Vietnam. Asian Perspectives 47(2):190-209.

Matsumura H, Oxenham MF, Nguyen LC, Nguyen KT, Nguyen KD, Huffer D, Dodo Y, Domett K, and Yamagata M. 2008. Morphometric Affinity of the Late Neolithic Human Remains from Man Bac, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam: Key Skeletons with Which to Debate the ‘Two Layer’ Hypothesis. Anthropological Science, 116 (2): 135-148.

Matsumura H, Yoneda M, Dodo Y, Oxenham MF, Nguyen KT, Nguyen LC, Lam MD, Vu TL, Yamagata M, Sawada J, Shinoda K, and Takigawa T. 2008. Terminal Pleistocene Human Skeleton from Hang Cho Cave, Northern Vietnam: Implications for the Biological Affinities of Hoabinhian People. Anthropological Science, 116 (3): 201-217.

Oxenham MF, Matsumura H. 2007. Oral and physiological palaeohealth in cold adapted peoples: northeast Asia, Hokkaido. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135 (1): 64-74.

Bulbeck D, Oxenham M, Nguyen LC and Nguyen KT. 2007. Implications of the terminal Pleistocene skull from Hang Muoi, Northern Vietnam. Vietnam Archaeology 2: 42-52.

Nguyen LC, Nguyen KT, Matsumura H, Oxenham M, and Dodo Y. 2007. Ve di cot nguoi co o Hang Cho (Hoa Binh). Khao co Hoc (Vietnam Archaeology) 5: 3-17.

Bower NW, Yasutomo Y, Oxenham MF, Nguyen LC, and Nguyen KT. 2006. Preliminary reconstruction of diet at a neolithic site in Vietnam using stable isotope and Ba/Sr analyses. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 26: 79-85.

Oxenham MF. 2006. Biological responses to change in prehistoric Vietnam. Asian Perspectives 45(2):212-239.

Oxenham MF, Matsumura H, and T Nishimoto. 2006. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis in late Jomon Hokkaido, Japan. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 16:34-46.

Oxenham MF, and Whitworth J. 2006. Frequency, location, morphology and aetiology of osseous mandibular condylar concavities. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 16:517-527. [Open as PDF]

Oxenham MF, Nguyen KT, and Nguyen LC. 2005. Skeletal evidence for the emergence of infectious disease in bronze and iron age northern Vietnam. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 126(4):359-376.

Oxenham M.F. 2003. Investigations into the oral health of Jomon and Okhotsk communities living in prehistoric Hokkaido, Japan. Medical Science Report (Sapporo Medical University) 11:228-232.

Oxenham MF, Locher C, Nguyen LC and Nguyen KT. 2002. Identification of Areca catechu (betel nut) Residues on the Dentitions of Bronze Age Inhabitants of Nui Nap, Northern Vietnam. The Journal of Archaeological Science 29 (9): 909-915.

Oxenham M.F., Nguyen Lan Cuong and Nguyen KT. 2002. Oral Health in Northern Vietnam: Neolithic Through Bronze. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 22 (6):121-134.

Oxenham MF, Walters I, Nguyen LC and Nguyen KT. 2001. Case Studies in Ancient Trauma: Mid-Holocene through Metal Periods in Northern Viet Nam. In Henneberg M, and Kilgariff J, editors. The Causes and Effects of Biological Variation. Australasian Society for Human Biology: University of Adelaide, p. 83-102.

Walters, I., V.T.Long, N.L.Cuong and M.F.Oxenham. 1998. Pleistocene Hominoid Dental Variation in Vietnam. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 17:93-103.

Courses Currently Taught

ARCH2054/ARCH6521 Archaeology of Death & Mortuary Practices
BIAN2125/BIAN6512  Ancient Health and Disease
BIAN2130/BIAN6519  Ancient Medicine
BIAN2128/BIAN6515  Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology
BIAN3015/BIAN6517  Human Skeletal Analysis
Philippines Summer Field School [Archaeological Field and Laboratory Methods-ARCH3004A&B]

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