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Patricia K. Hansell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Teaching) and adjunct Graduate Faculty member

Email: phansell@temple.edu
Office telephone: 215-204-1417


I received A BA in Psychology (1975), and a MA (1979) and PhD (1988) in Anthropology, all from Temple University. My major interests in anthropology lie in (1) prehistoric archaeology with an emphasis on the transformation of hierarchical societies (inequality) and (2) the use (and abuse) of computer applications. Applications include (1) creating and maintaining database management systems (DBMS), (2) querying and analyzing numeric, text and spatial data, (3) visualizing data methods and (4) disseminating data and results to the web. I am also very concerned with the role of computer technology in education, both in live and online contexts. The primary focus of my archaeological fieldwork is on Lower Central America, particularly Panama.


Selected recent publications:


n.d. Early Craft Specialization in Central Pacific Panama. In Mucho más que un puente terrestre: Avances de la arqueología panamena y sus implicaciónes en el contexto original, edited by Juan Martin and Richard G. Cooke (in production).

2008 Molluscs in Panama: A Review from Central Pacific Coastal Sites (with D. Carvajal). In Archaeofauna: International Journal of Archaeozoology, edited by Irv Quitmyer and Katherine Szabo. (October 2008, Vol. 17:157-174).

2007 Granos de almidón revelan una agricultura primitiva de raíces en un bosque húmedo tropical de Panamá (with Piperno, Dolores R., Ranere, Anthony J., and Holst, Irene. In Leigh, E.G., Herre, E. A., Jackson, J.B.C., and Santos-Granero, F. (Eds.) Ecología y evolución en los trópicos. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Panama: Editora Nova Art, pp. 594-600.

2001 The occurrence of genetically-controlled phytoliths from maize cobs and starch grains from maize kernels on archaeological stone tools and human teeth, and in archaeological sediments from southern Central America and northern South America (with D.R. Piperno, I. Holst, A.J. Ranere and K.E. Stothert). The Phytolitharien 13, 1-7.

2000 Starch grains reveal early root crop horticulture in the Panamanian tropical forest (with D. R. Piperno, I. Holst and A. Ranere). Nature 407(6806).

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