Armando Anzellini, PhD, RPA
Bioarchaeologist and Forensic Anthropologist
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I am a bioarchaeologist, forensic anthropologist, and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) specializing in human osteology and archaeological sciences. I have surveyed and excavated archaeological sites, prehistoric burials, and historic cemeteries in the United States, the Caribbean, Peru, Ecuador, and Romania, and have conducted research in a variety of disciplines including biogeochemistry, morphometrics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and architectural analyses. Originally from Venezuela, I am fluent in Spanish and English, and have prepared and presented official reports, peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and lectures for diverse audiences in both languages. Prior to my academic work, I worked in Cultural Resource Management (Private Contract Archaeology) and continue to perform some consultation work. I have instructed international, federal, and local law enforcement agencies on forensic anthropology and have a number of active projects exploring questions in the fields of bioarchaeology, human skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology. I’m always happy to bring students into my lab, please visit my lab page if you’d like to learn more.

Research Statement

My research interests lie at the intersection of the physical sciences and the social sciences. In my investigations, I apply tools and techniques from the physical sciences such as analytical chemistry, biogeochemistry, and finite element analysis, to answer questions about human health and society in the ancient past. In particular, I explore the ways that social and economic inequality are incorporated into the skeleton and how we can explore questions of social inequality in the past with this understanding.

Research Interests

Bioarchaeology, Decolonizing Bioarchaeology, Embodiment of Inequality, Mortuary Practices, Archaeological Science, Archaeological Theory, Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Stable Isotope Analysis, Quantitative Methods

Academic Appointments

2022 - Present Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University
2021 - 2022 Diversity Dissertation Fellow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University


2022 Ph.D. – Biological Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A. – Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
B.A. with University Honors and Honors in Major – Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida