La Serena, Chile Bioarchaeology Project
Directed by Maria A. Rosado, Ph.D.
Since 2000, Dr. Rosado has co-directed with the archaeologists at the Museo De La Serena the Rowan University-Museo de La Serena Archaeology Fieldschool. Rowan students travel to Chile with M. Rosado and under her tutelage conduct research at the bioarchaeology laboratory. This research involves osteological, forensic, zooarchaeological, and anthropometric studies of human remains. In addition, the students participate in the conservation of skeletal remains and excavations of archaeological sites. and presentation of their research at Rowan Univeristy’s STEM Symposium, St. Joseph’s Sigman XI, and Pelaopathology Association.
In 2010 Dr. Rosado’s proposal to create a museum of anthropology at Rowan was approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In collaboration with her colleague Dr. Jane Hill, Dr. Rosado developed and created MARU. Currently, both Dr. Rosado and Dr. Hill are co-curators of MARU.