Melissa Scott Murphy


About me




Photo galleries

Other links

(Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Haverford College)

     I am a biological anthropologist and bioarchaeologist who has worked on archaeological projects and laboratories in the north and central coasts of Peru, as well as in Israel, and France.  Currently I am one of the principal biological anthropologists on the Puruchuco-Huaquerones Archaeological Project where I am investigating the health, disease and paleodemography of this large cemetery located outside of Lima, Peru. The cemetery spans and encompasses the Inca Empire (Late Horizon, AD 1450-1532) and Early Colonial period.  My research interests include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, paleodemography, the study of the biocultural impact of European contact on indigenous communities in South America, and Inca social organization and mortuary practices. 

     As a lecturer and lab coordinator in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, I teach classes in biological anthropology and bioarchaeology, including Forensic Anthropology, Nutritional Anthropology, Human Evolution, and Incas and their Ancestors. I also team-teach one of the Anthropology major requirements, Anthropology 101 (Prehistoric Archaeology and Human Evolution), with Dr. Rick Davis, and Evolution (cross-listed) with faculty from the Biology and Geology departments.


Office location:

Dalton 310



Fall 2006

Office Hours

M 6-7pm

T 4:30-5:30pm

Or by appointment

© Max Milligan 2004




Department of Anthropology

Bryn Mawr College

101 N. Merion Avenue

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Photo galleries
Other Links