Department of Ancient History

Dr Ronika Power

Dr Ronika Power imageLecturer in Bioarchaeology
BA AHist (Hons.I) Macquarie, MSc HOP Bradford, PhD Macquarie

Contact Details:
Location: Building W6A, Room 524
Phone: (02) 9850 8882
Email: ronika.power@mq.edu.au

Profile

Dr Ronika K. Power is a Lecturer in Bioarchaeology in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre and the Big History Institute, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK. She obtained a BA Ancient History (Hons I) with the University Medal from Macquarie University; an MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology under the auspices of a Commonwealth Scholarship from the University of Bradford, UK; and a PhD in Egyptology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Philosophy from Macquarie University under a Commonwealth Government Australian Postgraduate Award. Her PhD was entitled From the Cradle to the Grave: Child, Infant and Foetal Burials in the Egyptian Archaeological Record from the Early Dynastic Period to the Middle Kingdom (ca.3300-1650 BC).

From 2012-2016, Dr Power was a European Research Council (ERC) Research Fellow and Research Associate of Darwin College, based at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Here, she taught various aspects of archaeology, archaeological science and theory, biological anthropology and Egyptology. She has worked with archaeologically-derived human remains from across the world, and is the primary/consultant human osteologist for the ERC-funded Trans-Sahara Project (pre-Islamic Libyan Sahara; Universities of Leicester and Cambridge); ERC-funded In-Africa Project (late Holocene Kenya; University of Cambridge); the Egypt Exploration Society-funded Sesebi Project (New Kingdom Egyptian colonial site, Northern Sudan; University of Cambridge); ERC-funded Crossroads of Empires Project (medieval Benin; University of East Anglia); Leverhulme Trust-funded Cowrie Shells: An Early Global Commodity project (post-14th Century Maldives; University of East Anglia); and the Dendera Project (multi-period Egypt; Macquarie University). She is the principal researcher of the Population History Workgroup of the ERC FRAGSUS Project (Queen's University Belfast, Universities of Cambridge and Malta), in which her team is analysing the health, disease, lifestyle, diet and affinity profiles of the Neolithic human skeletal assemblage from the Xaghra Circle Hypogeum, Gozo, Malta.  Dr Power was also the Director of Macquarie's Education Partnership for the British Museum's world premiere showing of the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ultimo (December 2016 - April 2017).

Academic Appointments

  
2016 - Present Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University
 Honorary Research Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
 
2015-2017 Academic Member, Big History Institute, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
 
2014-2016ERC Research Fellow, FRAGSUS Project, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
 
2012-2016Research Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
 
2013-2016Research Associate, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
 
2012-2014ERC Research Fellow, Trans-Sahara Project, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
 
2011-2014Honorary Research Associate, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney
 
2002-2012Director and Founding Member, Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program (Tele's Angels), Macquarie University, Sydney
 

Research Interests

Biocultural Archaeology

My research platform aligns with biocultural archaeological approaches, whereby data derived from scientific analyses of the human body is interpreted in conjunction with all other forms of archaeological and historical evidence to provide meaningful insights into the demography, health, life-ways and world-views of individuals and groups from past populations. Within this framework, I am particularly interested in exploring lived experiences of the past through the bodies of marginalised individuals and groups -marginalised either within their own societies or archaeological narratives- including children, women, the poor, disabled, sick, mentally ill, criminal, disenfranchised, enslaved and migrants. To achieve this aim, I apply an interdisciplinary research methodology that incorporates the following fields:

  • Biological Anthropology     Human Osteology, Palaeopathology, Dental Anthropology, 3D Geometric Morphometrics, CT-Scanning, X-Rays
  • Archaeological Science      Stable Isotope Analyses: Human Migration, Mobility and Palaeodiet
  • Archaeology                          Material Culture, Mortuary Behaviour
  • History                                    Textual Analyses
  • Theory                                    Philosophy, Historiography and Ethics
  • Art                                            Representation, Production

I have applied this research methodology to various geographically and temporally diverse populations: from early Holocene hunter-gatherers of Kenya; to megalithic temple builders of Neolithic Malta; multi-period cemeteries across Egypt; the Garamantes of the pre-Islamic Libyan Saraha; Amarna Period Egyptian colonies in Nubia; Late Anglo-Saxon England child, infant and foetal burials; settlement interments in Medieval Benin; and post-14th Century palace burials from the Maldives, to name a few.

Mummies

I have a particular research interest in the curation, display and scientific and cultural analyses of mummified human remains from all geographical and temporal contexts, but especially those of ancient Egypt. Using the same interdisciplinary approach described above, I search for insights into the suite of religious, cultural, technological, socioeconomic and environmental impetuses that gave rise to the many and varied expressions of this phenomenon across cultures. I am also interested in the modern history of mummy studies and engage museological and historiographical research to explore the insatiable public and scientific desire for direct engagement with these individuals from the past who 'live' among us.  . I am the Director of Macquarie's Education Partnership for the British Museum's world premiere showing of the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ultimo.

Current Research Projects

FRAGSUS Project

I am the Principal Researcher for the Population History Workgroup of the FRAGSUS Project (Fragility and Sustainability in Restricted Island Environments). The project is based at Queen's University Belfast under the direction of Prof. Caroline Malone, is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), and brings together eight leading international institutions in interdisciplinary collaboration. This project will study the sustainability and subsequent radical change among the Maltese temple building populations of prehistoric Malta in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC. Here, I work closely with my FRAGSUS colleagues: in Malta, Mrs. Bernardette Mercieca-Spiteri (Superintendence of Cultural Heritage Malta) and Ms. Sharon Sultana (National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Heritage Malta); and in Cambridge, Dr. Jay StockDr. Tamsin O'Connell, Dr. Simon Stoddart, Ms. Catherine Kneale (all McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research) and our PhD Students, Jess Thompson (taphonomy) and Eóin Parkinson (biomechanics). My role is to coordinate the analyses of osteological, palaeopathological, 3D geometric morphometric, isotopic and mortuary behavioural evidence to explore the efficacy of mobility, survival and subsistence strategies of human populations over long periods in sometimes hostile and ostensibly isolated environments. Our work is based on analyses of the Neolithic skeletal assemblage from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Xag?ra Circle hypogeum in Gozo, Malta.

This research in Malta is of global significance for many reasons; primarily, because it will provide the first detailed study of the physical remains of the individuals and groups who constructed the oldest monumental freestanding stone structures in the world; secondly, because it is one of only a few studies to address questions of environmental and cultural adaptation and sustainability in ancient societies, with a view to informing our understanding of similar challenges confronting our contemporary world.

Trans-Sahara Project

I am the Principle Researcher for the Human Mobility and Identity Workgroup of the Trans-Sahara Project. The project is based at the University of Leicester under the direction of Prof. David Mattingly and is funded by the ERC. It seeks to explore questions of state formation, migration and trade in the central Sahara (1000BC - AD1500), using the Garamantes civilisation as the research fulcrum. The Garamantes were renowned for their sophisticated methods of irrigated agriculture and were a focal point in the pre-Islamic era for communication and trade networks that linked the Nile, Mediterranean and Maghreb with Sub-Saharan societies around Lake Chad and the Niger Bend. The Trans-Sahara Project seeks to explore the degree of interconnectedness or comparative isolation of the Central Sahara with/from these neighbouring regions, especially concerning the movement of people, ideas/knowledge and material culture into and out of Fazzan in the pre-Islamic period.

Within this schema, I work with my Cambridge colleagues Dr. Marta Mirazón Lahr (Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies) and Dr. Tamsin O'Connell (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research), to determine what (if any) biological and cultural links can be established between the historical kingdom of the Garamantes and the preceding late Neolithic (Pastoral) peoples in the Saharan, Sub-Saharan, Nilotic and Mediterranean regions. Using osteological, craniomorphometrical and isotopic analyses, we are examining the geographical affinity/ies of Garamantian society, with a view to differentiating individuals who migrated into the central Sahara during their own lifetimes from others of potentially diverse ethnic composition who lived in the region for the duration of the life course. Once such admixtures are identified, I will be working with my Trans-Sahara colleagues at the University of Leicester to combine Garamantian biological and archaeological evidence to examine how these Saharan communities expressed their identity through material culture, burial ritual and funerary structures.

Human Remains Analysis & Archaeological Fieldwork

I am a specialist in the excavation, analysis, curation and display of human skeletal and mummified remains across geographical, temporal and cultural contexts. I have participated in archaeological fieldwork in Egypt, Kenya, Malta, Lebanon and the UK, and have worked with expatriated material from across the Australian, African, Asian and European continents in various international museums. I have served as an expert consultant regarding the repatriation of Indigenous Australian remains.

2016-2017                
  • Director - Education Partnership: Egyptian Mummies:  Exploring Ancient Lives Exhibition, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Macquarie University, Sydney
  •  Macquarie University Dendera Project, Egypt
  • University of East Anglia Cowrie Shells: An Early Global Commodity Project (Maldives), Norwich
2014-2017      
  • University of Cambridge/Queen's University Belfast FRAGSUS Project (Malta), National Museum of Archaeology, Valetta, Malta
2013-2017     
  • University of East Anglia Benin Project (Benin), Norwich
  •  University of Cambridge Sesebi Project (Sudan), Natural History Museum, London 
  • Repatriation consultant (Indigenous Australia): Duckworth Collection, University of Cambridge.
2012-2017       
  • University of Cambridge/University of Leicester Trans Sahara Project (Libya); Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Cambridge.
2015                  
  • University of Cambridge FOGLIP Project (China), McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge.
2013                 
  • University of Cambridge In Africa Project (Kenya), Turkana Basin Institute, Turkana, Kenya.
2008                 
  •  British Museum Sidon Excavation Project (Lebanon), Beirut, Lebanon.
2007                  
  • English Heritage, St. Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber skeletal assemblage, York.
2002-2007       
  • Australian Centre for Egyptology Helwan Project, Egypt.
2005                 
  • Australian Centre for Egyptology Theban Tombs Project, Egypt. 
  • Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale Adaïma Project, Egypt.

Grants

2017                        
  • Early Career Research Fellowship, Living Library Project, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University (Primary Investigator)
2016-2017                        
  • Faculty of Arts Special Research Initiatives Grant - Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives Exhibition Education Partnership with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ultimo; Macquarie University (Primary Investigator)
2015                        
  • Thomas Mulvey Fund for Egyptological Research, Sesebi Bioarchaeology Project, University of Cambridge (Primary Investigator)
2013                      
  • DM McDonald Fund, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge: Carbon Isotopic Variation within an Individual: An Examination of Tissue Spacing in Ovis Aries (Co-Investgator, PI: Dr Emma Lightfoot)
2010                     
  • Postgraduate Research Award, Macquarie University, Sydney
2005, 2007-2009   
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Commonwealth Government of Australia, tenable for doctoral research at Macquarie University, Sydney
2007                      
2006-2007            
  • British Council Commonwealth Scholarship, tenable for study at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire
2005-2009            
  • 4 x Humanities Division Higher Degree Research Awards, Macquarie University, Sydney
2002-2008           
  • 6 x International Travel Scholarships, Macquarie University, Sydney 
2005                    
  •  Travel Scholarship, Institute for Bioarchaeology, San Francisco
2004                    
  •  Honours Scholarship, Macquarie University, Sydney

Awards

I am the recipient of a number of awards for excellence in university teaching. I led the Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program to be the first students in Australian history to receive a national tertiary teaching award.
2016             
  • Top Ten Discoveries of 2016: 10,000-Year-Old Turf War, Lake Turkana, Kenya: Awarded by Archaeology Magazine, Archaeological Institute of America; for M.M. Lahr, F. Rivera*, R.K. Power* et al. "Inter-group violence among early Holocene hunter-gatherers of West Turkana, Kenya", Nature 529: 394-398; doi:10.1038/nature16477 (*equal second authors).
2010             
  • Australian Awards for University TeachingAward for Programs that Enhance Learning: Telemachus Ancient History  Mentor Program (Tele's Angels), Australian Learning and Teaching Council (Au$20,000)
2008            
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Programs that Enhance LearningTelemachus Ancient History Mentor Program (Tele's Angels), Macquarie University, Sydney (Au$5,000)
2007             
  •  Division of Humanities Teaching Excellence Award for Student-Centred LearningTelemachus Ancient History Mentor Program (Tele's Angels), Macquarie University, Sydney (Au$2,000)
2005             
  • University Medal in Ancient History (shared with Clare Rowan), Macquarie University, Sydney

Industry Partners

ANSTO             

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Key Collaborator: Dr Joseph Bevitt    
Projects: Neutron Radiography (DINGO); Phase Contrast CT-Scanning (Australian Synchotron) of ancient human and animal remains

MAAS              

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Key Collaborator: Ms. Melanie Pitkin
Projects: Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition - 10th December 2016 - 30th April 2017; and MAAS Egyptian Mummies Audience Evaluation Research Project.

MMI                 

Macquarie Medical Imaging; Macquarie University Hospital
Key Collaborator: Prof. John Magnussen
Projects: CT-Scanning and X-Ray of human remains

ND                    

Northmead Dental
Projects: Dental pathology and anthropology

Peer Review, Esteem, Editorships, Conference & Seminar Organisation

2017
  • Convenor, Secrets of the Sands Symposium: Mummies, Tombs and Funerary Culture in Ancient Egypt, in association with the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ultimo (with Melanie Pitkin, MAAS)..
2016-2017
2016
  • Invited Founding Member, Centre for Field Research Design (CFRD), Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
2015-2016       
  • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Archaeological Science - Reports. Elsevier.
  • Invited External Advisor, Training for Peer-Writing Tutors Project, Macquarie University.
2014-2016       
  • Elected Editor, Annual Review, British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO).
2013-2014      
  • Convenor, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Seminar Series. University of Cambridge.
  • Organising Committee, Trade, Human Mobility and Identity: The Trans-Sahara Conference. University of Leicester.
2012                
  •  Organising Committee, African Archaeology Group Conference: Connections, Contributions and Complexity. Africa's Later Holocene Archaeology in Global Perspective. University of Cambridge.

Research Dissertation and Internship Supervision

I am interested in considering proposals for higher degree research supervision which align with my research interests, as outlined here:

Biocultural archaeology; human osteology; palaeopathology; radiology; stable isotope analysis; dental pathology and anthropology; mortuary behaviour and death studies; mummies and mummification; the body across cultures; body modification and adornment; palaeodiet, migration and mobility; archaeological, social and historical theory; historiography; ethics and human remains; Pre- and Early Dynastic Egypt; and the funerary archaeology of Africa, the Mediterranean and Near East.

I have co-/supervised research dissertations and internships at Macquarie University, the University of Malta and the University of Cambridge related to the following subject areas:

  • Human Osteology
  • Palaeopathology
  • Taphonomy
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • Mortuary Behaviour
  • Computing (Web Development)
  • Museum Studies (Exhibitions: Curation and Public Engagement)
2015-2018       
  • PhD Associate Supervisor: J. Thompson, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Senior Supervisor: Prof. John Robb.
  • PhD Associate Supervisor: E. Parkinson, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Senior Supervisors: Drs Simon Stoddart and Jay Stock.
2014-2018       
  • Research Supervisor: B. Mercieca Spiteri: Superintendence of Cultural Heritage Scientific Officer; Human Osteology Postgraduate Research Associate; hosted in the National Museum of Archaeology, Malta.
  • Research Supervisor: B. Mercieca Spiteri: Superintendence of Cultural Heritage Scientific Officer; Human Osteology Postgraduate Research Associate; hosted in the National Museum of Archaeology, Malta
2017
  • Postgraduate Internship Co-Supervisor: J. Carruthers, MAAS Egyptian Mummies Audience Evaluation Research Project, for Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Sydney; Co-Supervisors: Melanie Pitkin (MAAS) and Jane Johnston (USyd); Hosted by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
  • Research Supervisor: J. Carruthers, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University.
2016-2017
  • Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Internship Facilitator: AHIS392 Cultural Heritage - Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Ultimo, and Macquarie University partnership for the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives Exhibition
2016
  • Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Internship Supervisor: COMP356 Web Design and Development: Tooth-TAN Project, Macquarie University.
2015                  
  • Research Supervisor: B. Miles, Learning and Teaching Centre, Macquarie University.
2014                  
  • Postgraduate Intern Supervisor: E. Parkinson: FRAGSUS European Research Council Human Osteology Internship, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland; hosted in the National Museum of Archaeology, Malta.
  • Postgraduate Intern Supervisor: C. Marabelli, Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Program Scholar, University of Siena; hosted in the National Museum of Archaeology, Malta.
  • Honours Dissertation Co-Supervisor: N. Micallef, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Senior Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Nicholas Vella.
2013         
  • MPhil Dissertation Co-Supervisor: N. Bennett, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Senior Supervisor: Dr Tamsin O'Connell.
  • Undergraduate Intern Supervisor: P. Chouraki, Duckworth Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Teaching Portfolio

My teaching philosophy is that learning is a community activity. I believe that encouraging students to work together promotes self-initiated learning, self-confidence and communication, and creates opportunities to build academic networks. 

I am the co-/convenor for the following units at Macquarie University:

  • AHIS170 Egyptian Archaeology - An Introduction (co-convener 2017 with Dr Alex Woods)
  • AHIS390 Scientific Archaeology in Ancient Egypt
  • AHIS391 Laboratory Methods and Techniques in Archaeology

I have contributed to teaching in the following courses at Macquarie University, Sydney:

  • Egyptian Society and Culture
  • World Archaeology
  • Archaeology and Society
  • Methods and Techniques of Egyptian Archaeology
  • Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Human Histology
  • Foundations in Learning and Teaching (FILT)
  • Advanced Professional Development Program (APDP)

I have contributed to teaching in the following courses in the Archaeology and Anthropology tripos in Cambridge:

  • Paper A2: Archaeology in Action
  • Paper A4: Archaeology in Action
  • Paper A18: Historical Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • Paper A19: Ancient Egyptian Religion I
  • Paper A20: Ancient Egyptian Religion II
  • Paper A13: Later European Prehistory
  • MPhil Research Skills
  • Archaeology Field School (Malta)

I have contributed to teaching the following seminar at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Glebe, in collaboration with Macquarie University, Sydney:

  • Applied Anatomy and Forensic Pathology

Learning and Teaching

Mentoring

I am interested in the scholarship of learning and teaching in the tertiary context, especially as pertains to mentorship through academic transitions. The bulk of my experience lies in facilitating peer-to-peer mentoring through the transition into higher education from secondary school or the workforce for first-year under- and post-graduate students. I specialise in developing and implementing bespoke/subject-specific personal and academic support structures and resources, as well as networking opportunities between students and staff. I have recently extended my focus to include mentorship of the transition from post-graduate into post-doctoral status, which often also involves an institutional shift for many scholars. I am interested in how such academic transitions, at all levels, may provide opportunities to foster learning for students, scholars and staff by promoting and strengthening interactions within and between these groups.

Other Professional Activities

Selected Recent Administration
2016-2017
  • Invited Member, MQ Research Enrichment Program Internal Advisory Board, Macquarie University
  • Invited Member, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, Self-Assessment Team, Macquarie University
  • Member, Museum of Ancient Cultures Board, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
2016              
  • Invited Member, Level B Lectureship Appointment Panel, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University
  • Acting Member, Museum of Ancient Cultures Board, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Acting Program Director, Bachelor of Archaeology, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University
  • Acting Director, Archaeology Field Lab, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University
2014-2016  
  • Editor, British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review
2014-2015  
  • Invited Member: Post-doctoral Mentoring Working Group, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Cambridge      
  •  Invited Member: Postdoc Issues Working Group, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Cambridge
2013-2014   
  • Post-doctoral Representative, Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
2013-2014   
2001-2012  
2002-2012   
  • Member: Activities Committee, Australian Centre for Egyptology, Macquarie University

Selected Media Research Coverage

2016                 
  • M.M. Lahr, F. Rivera*, R.K. Power*, A. Mounier, B. Copsey, F. Crivellaro, J.E. Edung, J.M. Maillo Fernandez, C. Kiarie, J. Lawrence, A. Leakey, E. Mbua, H. Miller, A. Muigai, D.M. Mukhongo, A. van Baelen, R. Wood, J.-L. Schwenninger, R. Grün, H. Achyuthan, A. Wilshaw & R.A. Foley, "Inter-group violence among early Holocene hunter-gatherers of West Turkana, Kenya", Nature 529: 394-398; doi:10.1038/nature16477 (*equal second authors).
Altmetrics      
  • 1232 (Top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric; data correct as at 12.04.17)           
  • 120 news stories from 105 outlets
  • 24 posts from 21 blogs
  • 300 tweets from 280 users, with an upper bound of 1,420,970 followers
  • 12 public wall posts from 12 Facebook users
  • 14 citations on 14 Wikipedia pages
  • 49 posts from 45 Google+ users
  • Top Ten Discoveries of 2016: 10,000-Year-Old Turf War, Lake
  • Turkana, Kenya: Awarded by Archaeology Magazine, Archaeological Institute of America; for M.M. Lahr, F. Rivera*, R.K. Power* et al. "Inter-group violence among early Holocene hunter-gatherers of West Turkana, Kenya", Nature 529: 394-398; doi:10.1038/nature16477 (*equal second authors).
2016                  
  • Power, R.K. & Y. Tristant, "From Refuse to Rebirth: Repositioning the 'Pot Burial' in Ancient Egypt", Antiquity 90: 1474-1488; doi:10.15184/aqy.2016.176.
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Selected Media: Interview, Profiles, Documentaties

2017
2016
  • Interview "Walk (to wellbeing) like an Egyptian" for body+soul magazine, Sunday Telegraph, Sydney (9th October 2016)
2014    
  • Documentary Episode: "Age and Ageing", for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) science journalism series: Bang Goes the Theory
2013     
2012    
  • Profile Interviews: "Enquiring Minds" and "Models of Achievement", for Television Sydney   
  • Interviews: "Dental Health in Ancient Egypt"; "Bread in Ancient Egypt";       "Beer in Ancient Egypt"; for the ABC documentary series The Gallery of   Everyday Things
2008     
  • Interview: "Human bones", Future Television, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Interview: "Human remains at the Sidon excavations", BBC Arabic,   Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Outreach and Admissions

Sydney, AUS (2016-present):
  • Invited lecture: "Why Bioarchaeology Matters", What Matters And Why - Macquarie University Research Enrichment Program Outlook Conference, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, Ultimo.
  • Invited lecture: "The Unquiet Dead: The Politics and Ethics of Studying Human Remains", Macquarie Ancient History Teachers' Conference, Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Guest lecture: "Osteoarchaeology", for Master of Arts in Archaeological Practice, University of Malta.
  • Invited Panellist: 'Cross-generational Disciplinary Experiences", Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies, Sydney Chapter.
Cambridge, UK (2012-2016):
  • Invited Presenter: Centenary of Archaeology and Anthropology, Duckworth Collection, University of Cambridge
  • Invited Presenter: "Bodies of Evidence", Pint of Science Festival, Cambridge
  • Organiser/Presenter: Cambridge Science Festival, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
  • Organiser/Presenter: Torres Strait Islander Visitation Day, Collaboration between the Torres Strait Islanders' Regional Education Council and the Duckworth Collection, University of Cambridge
  • Presenter: Etonbury Academy Visitation Day, Collaboration between the Duckworth Collection and Clare College, University of Cambridge
  • School Liaison: Personal Histories Project, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge 
  • Organiser/Presenter: Sutton Trust Summer School, Duckworth Collection, University of Cambridge
  • Organiser/Presenter: Cambridge Festival of Ideas "Prehistory Day", University of Cambridge
Sydney, AUS  (2009-2011)
  • Invited Panellist: Learning Outcomes, "Uni in a Day" Initiative, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • MQ Ambassador: Macquarie University
  • Guest Speaker: Ancient History as a Career, North Sydney Girls High School
  • Delegate: Calling Students initiative: Marketing Department, Macquarie University
Bradford, UK (2006-2007)
  • Invited Representative: Undergraduate Applicant Visitor Days. Biological Anthropology Research Centre, Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
  • Invited Consultant: UCAN Steering Committee, Volunteering Coordination Centre, University of Bradford

Selected Public Engagement

2017
2016              
  • Invited Speaker: The FRAGSUS Project: Fragility and Sustainability in Restricted Island Environments Archaeology Society of Malta, Valletta.
2014             
  •  Invited Speaker: Bodies of Evidence, 'Pint of Science Festival', Cambridge.
2013              
  • Invited Speaker: The Trans-Sahara Project. State Formation, Migration and Trade in the Central Sahara (1000 BC - AD 1500), University Students for Egyptological Research, Macquarie University.
2012              
  • Invited Speaker: Ethics and Human Remains in Archaeology, National Curriculum Session, Macquarie University Ancient History Teachers' Conference.
2010             
  •  Invited Macquarie University Representative: Awards Presentation, Baulkham Hills Selective High School.
2009              
  • Invited Public Lecture:  Father of History, Mummy's Boy - A Tribute to Herodotus, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
  • Invited Public Lecture: Stranger in a strange land? Biocultural perspectives on a possible case of sickle-cell anaemia in a child exhumed from a medieval leprosarium in Chichester, UK, Macquarie Ancient History Association, Sydney.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker: The Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program, Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Awards Dinner, Macquarie University.
2005              
  • Invited Public Lecture: Australian Egyptology in the New Millennium, Carlingford/Dundas Lions Club, Sydney.
2003             
  • Invited Public Lecture: Egyptian Archaeology - Scratching the Surface, Macquarie Ancient History Association, Sydney.

Selected Conference & Seminar Presentations

Recent Invited International Conference & Seminar Papers
2016              
  • The Adventures of the Bone Crew Part II: Xag?ra Strikes Back, with B. Mercieca Spiteri, The FRAGSUS Conference, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.
  • So 783! The FRAGSUS Conference, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.
2015              
  • Bioarchaeological approaches to exploring fragility and sustainability in Neolithic Malta (4400-2200 BC). Macquarie Ancient History Research Seminar Series, Macquarie University.
  • Getting to Know the Gozitans: An Initial Reassessment of the Xaghra Circle Burial Population. The FRAGSUS Conference, Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Malta.
  • The Adventures of the Bone Crew, with B. Mercieca Spiteri, The FRAGSUS Conference, Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Malta.
2014             
  • Human Biology: Variation, Diet and Migration in the Garamantes of Fazzan, with E. Nikita, D. Mattingly, M. Mirazon Lahr & T. C. O'Connell, The Trans-Sahara Conference, University of Leicester.
  • The Trans-Sahara Project. State Formation, Migration and Trade in the Central Sahara (1000 BC - AD 1500). Darwin College Seminar Series, University of Cambridge.
2013             
  • The Trans-Sahara Project: Tracking diet and mobility patterns of the Garamantes of Libya (ca.1000BC-1500AD) using stable isotope analysis (?13C and ?18O). George Pitt Rivers Seminar Series, University of Cambridge.
  • From the cradle to the grave. Child, infant and foetal burials in the Egyptian archaeological record from the Early Dynastic to Middle Kingdom Periods (ca.3300-1650BC). McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Seminar Series, University of Cambridge.
  • All camels lead to Jarma: The interdisciplinary framework of the Trans-Sahara Project, with N. Ray, Department of Archaeology Seminar Series, University of Leicester.
Recent Specialist International Conferences
2012              
  • Personae non gratae? Child, infant and foetal settlement burials in the Egyptian archaeological record. British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Conference, University of Bournemouth.
2011             
  • Building Bridges: a practical guide to developing and implementing a subject-specific peer-to-peer academic mentoring program for first-year higher education students. 14th Annual Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Perth, Australia.  
  • Pot Burials in Ancient Egypt: From Refuse to Rebirth. Death, Dying and Disposal Down Under: The Inaugural Conference for Death Studies in Australia, New Zealand and the Wider Pacific Region, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.
  • Differential child and infant mortality and morbidity in Late Anglo-Saxon England, with H. Schutkowski. 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Minneapolis.
2009              
  • Child and infant burials in the Egyptian archaeological record. The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal International Conference, University of Durham.
2008              
  • Stranger in a strange land? Biocultural perspectives on a possible case of sickle-cell anaemia in a child exhumed from a medieval leprosarium in Chichester, UK. World Archaeological Congress 6, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Publications

I have international publications across a variety of media in the fields of Bioarchaeology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Egyptology, Sociology and Learning and Teaching.

Articles            
2017                 
  • C. Malone, R. McLaughlin, B. Mercieca-Spiteri, E. Parkinson, R. Power, J. Stock, S. Stoddart and J. Thompson (submitted) "The social implications of death in prehistoric Malta", in Gathered in Death: Archaeological and Ethnological Perspectives on Collective Burial and Social Organisation, Louvain.
  • R. K. Power (In Press) Child, infant and foetal burials in the Egyptian archaeological record: Exploring cultural capacities from the Predynastic to Middle Kingdom Periods (ca. 4400-1650 BC), in L. Beaumont & N. Harrington (eds) Children in Antiquity: Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean. Routledge, Sydney.
  • B.B. Miles & R.K. Power, "Learners Without Borders: Tales from the trails of navigating transitions from student partners to staff partners - while retaining students as partners", Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education. Special Issue: Australian Stories of Partnership, http://repository.brynmawr.edu/tlthe/
2016                  
  • M.M. Lahr, F. Rivera*, R.K. Power*, A. Mounier, B. Copsey, F. Crivellaro, J.E. Edung, J.M. Maillo Fernandez, C. Kiarie, J. Lawrence, A. Leakey, E. Mbua, H. Miller, A. Muigai, D.M. Mukhongo, A. van Baelen, R. Wood, J.-L. Schwenninger, R. Grün, H. Achyuthan, A. Wilshaw & R.A. Foley, "Reply to Stojanowski et al.", Nature 539: E10-E11; doi:10.1038/nature19779 (*equal second authors).
  • M.M. Lahr, F. Rivera*, R.K. Power*, A. Mounier, B. Copsey, F. Crivellaro, J.E. Edung, J.M. Maillo Fernandez, C. Kiarie, J. Lawrence, A. Leakey, E. Mbua, H. Miller, A. Muigai, D.M. Mukhongo, A. van Baelen, R. Wood, J.-L. Schwenninger, R. Grün, H. Achyuthan, A. Wilshaw & R.A. Foley, "Inter-group violence among early Holocene hunter-gatherers of West Turkana, Kenya", Nature 529: 394-398; doi:10.1038/nature16477 (*equal second authors).
  • Power, R.K. & Y. Tristant, "From Refuse to Rebirth: Repositioning the 'Pot Burial' in Ancient Egypt", Antiquity 90: 1474-1488; doi:10.15184/aqy.2016.176.
2014                 
  • Tristant, Y., R.K. Power, E, Ryan & J. Magnussen, "Strangers in a Strange Land: the Australian Museum's collections of Egyptian human remains housed in the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University", Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 25: 147-160.
2011                  
  • A.R. Ogden, C. Doumet-Serhal, A. Anderson, H. Hofbauer, K. Keefe, R. Mikulski, R.K. Power, H. Schutkowski, "Human remains from twelve years of excavation in Sidon, Lebanon", Archaeology and History in the Lebanon 34-35: 226-235.
  • Power, R.K., B.B. Miles, A. Peruzzi & A. Voerman, "Building Bridges: a practical guide to developing and implementing a subject specific peer-to-peer academic mentoring program for first-year higher education students", Asian Journal of Social Sciences 7 (11): 75-80 Special Edition, Closing the Loop (invited contribution).
  • Schutkowski, H. & R.K. Power, "Differential child and infant mortality and morbidity in Late Anglo-Saxon England", with, American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 52 (2011), 267.
2009                  
  • Power, R.K. "Child and infant burials in the Egyptian archaeological record", Mortality Supplement 14: 64.
2004                 
  • Power, R.K. "Deconstructing, deciphering and dating the donkey in Old Kingdom wall painting and relief", in The Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 15: 131-151.
Chapters
2017                  
  • Power, R.K. & A. Haour (In press) "The Human Skeletal Material", in A. Haour (ed) Birnin Lafiya: 2000 Years in a Dendi Village, Frankfurt: Journal of African Archaeology Monograph Series.
  • Power, R.K., E. Nikita, D. Mattingly, M. Mirazón Lahr & T.C. O'Connell (In press) "Human Mobility and Identity: Variation, Diet and Migration in Relation to the Garamantes of Fazzan", in M.C. Gatto, D.J. Mattingly, N. Ray & M. Sterry (eds) Burials, Migration and Identity in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Trans-Saharan Archaeology Volume II. Series editor D.J. Mattingly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and The Society for Libyan Studies.
Serials
2016                  
  • Power, R.K. (ed.) 2016 Annual Review of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Cambridge (ISSN 1468-9421)
2015                  
  • Power, R.K. (ed.) 2015 Annual Review of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Cambridge (ISSN 1468-9421).
2014                  
  • Power, R.K. (ed.) 2014 Annual Review of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Cambridge (ISSN 1468-9421).
Reports
2014                 
  •  Lahr, M.M., R.K. Power, A. Wilshaw & F. Rivera (2014) "Report on the scientific and educational value of the human remains labeled Oc.1.0.1 in the Duckworth Collection", University of Cambridge.

 

Websites
2011                  
  • Power, R.K. & M. George (2011) Tele-Vision Online Learning Channel, Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program, www.youtube/telesangels
2009                  
  • Power, R.K., C.P. Rowan & B.B. Miles (2009) Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program Online Learning Community, www.telesangels.com
Exhibitions   
2016-2017   
  • Invited Director of Macquarie University's Education Partnership for the British Museum's world premiere of the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition (10th December 2016 - 30th April 2017), Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Macquarie University, Sydney.
2011                  
  • Rewriting History. Multi-media exhibition, with Prof. Marnie Hughes-Warrington, installed at Macquarie University Library, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (December 2011).
2009   
  • Stranger in a Strange Land. Photography exhibition and public lecture, with T. Elgazzar, Macquarie Ancient History Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (October 2009).

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