Andrzej Weber at the forefront

Nobody exemplifies "Dare to Discover"-the University of Alberta's blueprint for greatness- better than the U of A's exceptional researchers. From the earth's prehistoric past to the solar wind in our planet's magnetosphere, they're exploring at the very frontiers of human knowledge.

23 April 2015

Anthropologist Andrzej Weber is helping us piece together-often literally-the lives of individual prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Northeast Asia. He leads the Baikal-Hokkaido Archeology Project (BHAP), an international and multi-disciplinary team of scholars.

By studying ancient skeletal remains, along with other archaeological evidence and the environmental surroundings, the team can build an understanding of an individual's age, sex, diet, mobility, daily activities, health, and genetic traits. The team calls its new approach the "bioarcheology of individual life histories." Weber is part scientist, part explorer, and part master detective. Like Philip Currie, he has no plans to stop digging. "Each time we find something different, and that's what makes it all so exciting."

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