Jane Buikstra: Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal

Jane Buikstra, Regents’ Professor of Bioarchaeology and Founding Director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, was awarded the Penn Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal, recognizing her exceptional achievement in excavation or publication of archaeological work. After receiving the award, Dr. Buikstra presented a lecture, Ancient Tuberculosis and Leprosy: Pre-Columbian Presence in the New World.

Dr. Buikstra’s work has defined the discipline of bioarchaeology, an international field that enriches archaeological knowledge of past peoples through scientific study of their remains and archaeological/historical contexts. She is the inaugural editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Paleopathology.