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The Australian National University

Ms Clare McFadden

Position: PhD candidate in Archaeology

School or Centre:

School of Archaeology & Anthropology


Location: LG24 A D Hope Building 14

BA (Hons), PhD Candidate


For my Honours thesis I evaluated the validity of so-called "scars of parturition" using meta-analytic techniques. The results, published in the Journal of Forensics Sciences, indicated no significant relationship exists between scars and parity, but that a significant relationship exists between scars and sex. It is hypothesised that the weak relationship between scars and parity may be a product of the relationship between scars and sex, due to parity being a subcategory of sex.

My PhD research aims to evaluate the methodologies bioarchaeologists and palaeodemographers use to assess population dynamics and health, and to provide a new range of tools to address specific issues in palaeodemography and palaeoepidemiology.

Research Interests

Biological Anthropology; Palaeopathology; Forensic Anthropology; Bioarchaeology


McFadden, C. and Oxenham, M. F. (2017), Sex, Parity, and Scars: A Meta-analytic Review. J Forensic Sci. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.13478

McFadden, C. and Oxenham, M. F. (2016), Revisiting the Phenice technique sex classification results reported by MacLaughlin and Bruce (1990). Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 159: 182–183. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22839


The Australasian Society for Human Biology Student Travel Award (2016)


Teaching Assistant: BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis; BIAN3125 Ancient Health and Disease.

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