Katie Downey

Picture of Kathleen DowneyKatie is a biological anthropologist with research interests including bioarchaeology, biodistance, funerary archaeology, Middle Eastern archaeology, migration and mobility. Her long term research goals are to better understand migration and mobility in the Middle East between the Bronze Age and Sasanian Period. Currently, she is the bioarchaeologist/human osteologist for both the Rowanduz Archaeological Project and the Peshdar Plain Project, both located in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Before coming to OSU, Katie received her bachelors in archaeology with a minor in biological anthropology from Boston University. At BU, her honors thesis involved researching the recording and publishing of human remains from the Bronze Age in Western Syria, and the usefulness to anthropological research of the varying approaches. Katie’s MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology was completed at the University of Sheffield. Her master’s research focused on bone diagenesis and the interaction between bone porosity and collagen retention. She has completed field work in Spain, Syria, and the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Hear about her most recent trip here!