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Arthur Washburn, MA, PhDArthur Washburn , MA, PhD


Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Telephone:  215-707-7988

Fax:  215-707-2966

Email: artwash@temple.edu


Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology


Educational Background:


Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

B.A., History, 1969


SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

M.S. Ed, Social Studies, 1971


SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

M.A., African Studies, 1978


SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

M.A., Anthropology, 1982


Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

M.A., 1995,  Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, 1996


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Research Interests:


Dr. Washburn was trained in biological (physical) anthropology with an emphasis in human paleontology and paleoprimatology. His research interests have focused on the functional morphology of the sexually dimorphic canine/premolar honing complex in anthropoid primates and early hominids and the subsequent loss of this dental complex in the human lineage. This work has led him in other directions, several of which involve the human dentition. He is interested in bringing the anthropologist’s diagnosis of oral pathology in ancient bone and teeth more in line with current standards observed in clinical dentistry. He has been involved with many bioarchaeology projects that have conducted the excavation, analysis, and eventual reburial of human remains from cemeteries that required relocation due to federal or state funded highway or building projects.He is a forensic consultant with the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office and with medical examiners and coroners in surrounding counties.


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selected Publications:


Books, Monographs, Chapters


Cranial Bone Displacement in Potential Child Abuse Cases.  By T.A.J. Crist, A. Washburn, H. Park, I. Hood, and M.A. Hickey.  In Forensic Taphonomy:  The Post-Mortem Fate of Human Remains, edited by W.D. Haglund and M.H. Sorg.  Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, 1997.


Published Technical Reports


Inventory, NAGPRA Assessment, And Stabilization Of Specimens In The

Anatomical Collection Of The Wistar Institute Of Anatomy And Biology,

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  T.A.J. Crist, G.S. McGowan, and

A. Washburn.  Philadelphia, PA, John Milner Associates, 1995.


"A Distinct Church of the Lord Jesus":  The History, Archeology, and Physical Anthropology of the Tenth Street First African Baptist Church Cemetery.  T.A.J. Crist, R.M. Pitts, A. Washburn, J.P. McCarthy, and D.G. Roberts.  Philadelphia, PA, John Milner Associates, 1996.


Report On The Paleopathological Coding Of Selected Human Skeletal Remains From The Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware:  An Appendix To The MAAR Associates, Inc. Project Report.  A. Washburn and T.A.J. Crist. Philadelphia, PA, John Milner Associates, 1997.


"Nor Ought But Wildflowers There Be Seen":  Life, Death, And Burial In

Johnston, Rhode Island, 1823-1936.  J.C. Garman, J.N. Waller, Jr.,

T.A.J. Crist, and A. Washburn.  Pawtucket, RI, PAL, 2000.


With Death Came Liberty:  The Archaeology and History of the Sam Goode

Cemetery, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.  T.A.J. Crist, W.R. Henry,

J.W. Joseph, R.H. Pitts, W.P. Catts, A. Caton, A. Washburn, and S. Norris. Stone Mountain, GA, New South Associates, 2000.


Archaeological Investigations At The Mother UAME Church Cemetery

(7NC-E-132) Wilmington, Delaware.  R.A. Thomas, B.C. Zebooker,

C.M. Hazel, D.L. Weinberg, A. Washburn, T.A.J. Crist, and M. Springate.  Wilmington, DE, MAAR Associates, Inc., 2000.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

1543244. Greenfield LO, Washburn A, Polymorphic aspects of male anthropoid honing premolars. Am J Phys Anthropol 87:2(173-86)1992 Feb

1902059. Greenfield LO, Washburn A, Polymorphic aspects of male anthropoid canines. Am J Phys Anthropol 84:1(17-34)1991 Jan

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University of Delaware

Biological Anthropology, 1988 - 1997

Temple University, Department of Physical Therapy,

Human Gross Anatomy, 1991 - present

Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine

General Human Gross Anatomy & Lower Extremity, 1996 - present

University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

Medical Human Gross Anatomy, 1997 - 2002

Temple University

Biological Anthropology, 1998

Temple University, School of Medicine

Medical Human Gross Anatomy, 1998 - present

Dental Human Gross Anatomy, 2000 - present

Drexel University, College of Medicine

Human Anatomy, 1999 - present

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Master of Physical Therapy Program, Human Gross Anatomy, 2003 - present

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