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Anne Grauer

Title/s: Professor

Office #: 702 BVM Tower

Phone: 773.508.3464

E-mail: agrauer@luc.edu


Favorite Quote:

"Education is all a matter of building bridges."

~Ralph Ellison


Anne L. Grauer received her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests include paleopathology (the study of ancient human disease) and paleodemography (the study of ancient human mortality, fertility, and migration patterns). In particular, Dr. Grauer's research interests focus on the lives of women and the impact that sex and gender have on morbidity and mortality. She is currently analyzing skeletons from medieval England and cemetery populations from 19th-century urban centers in the United States. Dr. Grauer was recently elected President of the Paleopathology Association, and along with her position in the Department of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago, serves as an adjunct professor in the Biology Department, as a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History, and is a consultant for the FBI's Evidence Response Team.

Research Interests

Dr. Grauer's current research focuses on health and disease of medieval women in Britain. In collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Roberts, University of Durham, UK, she is utilizing data collected from skeletal populations, along with data from published and unpublished archaeological reports, to explore ways in which women's lives and women's social/economic roles impacted their health and the presence of disease.

Working with MARS (Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc.), Dr. Grauer is also currently serving as the osteologist for the excavation and analysis of the Peoria City Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois: a 19th century cemetery upon which the public library now rests. Plans to expand the library have necessitated the excavation of over 80 individuals. These burials will be analyzed over next months in the Loyola University Biological Anthropology Laboratory in an effort to determine the identity of the individuals, when possible, and to develop a clearer picture of 19th century life in this important river city.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Opportunities for Student Involvement

Substantial effort is placed upon creating research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Loyola students who have completed ANTH/BIO 326: Human Osteology are encouraged to develop independent projects that utilize the resources in the Biological Anthropology Laboratory, as well as those available at the Field Museum of Natural History. While some students are ready for independent work, others are encouraged to participate in faculty-guided research in order to become familiar with processes of skeletal analysis. All students are encouraged to participate in regional and national professional meetings and to publish their work.

Dr. Grauer's appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department has allowed her to serve as advisor to graduate students wishing to receive a Masters Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Biological Anthropology. PhD students from other institutions are also welcome to work in collaboration with projects currently ongoing in the lab.



 ‌A light snack while excavating.


And another...


A break from snacking.



Why I never want to be a teenager again. 

Selected Publications

Grauer, A. (Editor) (2012) Companion to Paleopathology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

A. Fitch, A. Grauer, and L. Augustine  (2010)  Lead Isotope Ratios: Tracking the Migration of European Americans to Grafton, Illinois in the 19th Century. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Early View, October 4, 2010, DOI: 10.1002/oa.1207.

Grauer, A. (2008)  Macroscopic analysis and data collection in palaeopathology. In R. Pinhasi and S. Mays (Eds.) Advances in Human Palaeopathology. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. Pgs. 57-76.

Grauer, A.  (2007) Book Review: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 14: Early medieval mortuary practices. S. Semple and H. Williams (Eds.). Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, 2007. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 18(3):327-328.

Grauer, A.  (2007) Phase III Data Recovery at MARS 1201: Too Good Site, Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains. M.C. Bird and A.L. Grauer, CRM Report.

Grauer, A. (2003) Where were the women? In A. Herring and A. Swedlund (Eds.) Human Biologists in the Archives. Cambridge University Press. Pgs. 266-287

Buzon, M. and Grauer, A. (2002) A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Subsistence Strategies at the SU Site, New Mexico. Kiva, Vol 68, No. 2. Pgs. 103-122. 

Grauer, A. and Stuart-Macadam, P. (Eds.) (1998) Sex and Gender in Paleopathological Perspective. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Grauer, A. and Roberts, C. (1996) Paleoepidemiology, Healing, and Possible Treatment in the Medieval Cemetery of St. Helen-on-the-Walls, York, England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 100(4):531-544

Grauer, A. (1995) Analysis of the Human Skeletal Remains from the Tremaine Complex(47-Lc-95). In J. O'Gorman (ed): The Tremaine Site Complex: Oneota Occupation in the La Crosse Locality, Wisconsin. Archaeology Research Series 3. Museum Archaeology Program. State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Grauer, A. (Ed.) (1995) Bodies of Evidence: Reconstructing History Through Skeletal Analysis. Wiley-Liss, New York.

Grauer, A and McNamara, E. (1995) A Piece of Chicago's Past: Exploring Subadult Mortality in the Dunning Poorhouse Cemetery. In A. Grauer (ed.) Bodies of Evidence: Reconstructing History Through Skeletal Analysis. Wiley-Liss, New York.