Diana C. Crader

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Diana C. Crader


300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Avenue Gorham, Maine

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5321

Dinah has been been teaching at USM since 1987. Her research interests are focused on zooarchaeology, and on the reconstruction of prehistoric and historic diet and economy from archaeological faunal remains. She has worked on prehistoric and historic sites in Africa, Europe and the U.S., and has also conducted ethnoarchaeological research in Africa. She has published her research in journals such as American Antiquity, Archaeofauna, Anthropozoologica and the Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and she has presented papers at conferences of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology and the International Council on Archaeozoology. She has also served as a research consultant and associate for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation and the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Andover, Massachusetts (until its closure).


B.A 1971; M.A.1974; C. Phil.1975, Ph.D.1981; University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught at USM

ANT 102K Biological Anthropology
ANT 201J Human Origins
ANT 230I Hunters and Gatherers
ANT 233I Food and Culture
ANT 232I Anthropology of Sex and Gender
ANT 255 African Prehistory
ANT 320 Human Osteology
ANT 340 Primate Behavior
ANT 410 Zooarchaeology

Research Interests

Dinah is currently working on two major zooarchaeological research projects: the analysis of medieval and pre-Roman faunal remains from the site of Capalbiaccio, Italy, and the analysis of Iron Age horse remains from Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad. The latter will form the basis of a paper to be presented at the meetings of the International Conference on Archaeozoology, in Mexico City, August 2006.

Students in ANT 410-Zooarchaeology (Spring 2005) will be involved in research projects focused on specific aspects of the fauna from the site of Capalbiaccio, Italy. These include an examination of the natural history and cultural role of the tortoise remains, a study of the surficial markings and taphonomy of the site, a metrical analysis of specific domestic stock animals, and an analysis of the fauna from the pre-Roman levels of the site. The results of this student work will be presented at the annual student research conference "Thinking Matters" to be held April 21-22 at USM.

Recent Publications

Crader, D. 2003. Animal remains from late medieval Capalbiaccio: a preliminary assessment of the stock economy. In Zooarchaeology: Papers to Honor Elizabeth S. Wing, C.M. Porter, ed., Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 44:161-172.

Crader, D. 2002 Zooarchaeological literature in northeastern North America: the Gulf of Maine as a case study. Archaeofauna 11:159-172

New Publications

What's New?

Ciolfi, M. L., Griffin, E., Pratt, J., Richards, M., Gildard, S., & Byrne, B. (2016). Living with a brain injury in Maine: Individual experiences, perceptions, and need.  Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Lenardson, J. D., Gale, J. A., & Ziller, E. C. (2016). Rural opioid abuse: Prevalence and user characteristics. (PB 63-1). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.

Snow, K. I., Gressani, T., Olsen, L., McGuire, C., Bratesman, S., Mauney, K., & Theriault, J. (2016). Adults using long term services and supports: Population and service use trends in Maine, SFY 2014. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Talbot, J. A., Ziller, E. C., & Szlocek, D. (2016). Mental health first aid in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173.

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