Field work at Ephesos, Turkey 2016
M.A.: University of British Columbia, Department of Anthropology, 2014
B.A.: Simon Fraser University, Department of Archaeology, 2010
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Richards
Research Areas: Isotope archaeology, Diet, Mobility, Roman populations, Byzantine Populations, Turkey
My PhD research aims to investigate the diet and mobility of Roman and Byzantine populations at monumental sites in southwestern Turkey. The Roman and Byzantine periods in Turkey (ca. 133 BC – ca. 1453AD) are characterized by substantial societal change, including the end of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity. In southwestern Turkey, two World Heritage sites, Hierapolis and Ephesos were major centres during both of these periods. Specifically, I will use stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of human bone and tooth samples from associated cemeteries to examine temporal change or continuity in the life histories of people buried at these sites, and to explore variations in diet due to differences in both sex and social status. Then I will undertake isotopic analysis of strontium values to identify non-local individuals who, in the later period, may have been pilgrims.
A Dietary Isotopic Study at Nukuleka, Tonga
In press (Wong, M., Naumann E., Jaouen K., Richards M.). Isotopic investigations of human diet and mobility at the site of Hierapolis, Turkey in Life and Death in Asia Minor from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine times pp. 228-236, Ed. Brandt J.R., Hagelberg E., Bjornstad G., Ahrens S. UK, Oxbow Books.
2013 (Bortheim, K., Cappelletto E., Hill D., Kiesewetter H., Russ H., Selsvold I., Cecili Wenn C., Wong M.) Hierapolis 2013: Revisiting old finds and procuring some new ones. Nicolay 123: 78-85.
2016 (Wong. M.) Pursuing Pilgrims: Isotopic Investigations of Roman and Byzantine Mobility at Hierapolis, Turkey. Simon Fraser University Faculty of Environment Seasonal Gathering. Burnaby, BC.
2013 (Wong. M, Burley D., Richards M.) Prehistoric Tongan diet and stable isotopes: An evaluation of subsistence hypotheses poster presented. Society for American Archaeology 78th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, United States of America.
Collecting strontium samples near Ankara, Turkey 2013
House tomb excavation at Hierapolis, Turkey 2013