Sabrina C. Agarwal

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Sabrina C. Agarwal

Associate Professor |Archaeology, Biological Anthropology
Office: 212 ARF, Lab: 196 Kroeber Hall
Office: 2 - 4489; Lab: 3 - 8393
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I am on sabbatical leave Spring term 2018

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Special Interests

Bioarchaeology, biological and evolutionary anthropology, osteology and osteoporosis, health and disease, paleopathology.


My research interests are focused broadly upon the age, sex and gender-related changes in bone quantity and quality, particularly the application of biocultural and developmental/life course approaches to the study of bone maintenance and fragility. More recently, I have become particularly interested in the application of research in bone maintenance to dialogues of social identity, embodiment, developmental plasticity and disabiltiy in bioarchaeology. I have examined age- and growth-related changes in cortical bone microstructure, trabecular architecture, and mineral density in several historic British and Italian archaeological populations, and have examined the long-term effect of growth and reproduction (parity and lactation) on the human and non-human primate maternal skeleton, studying samples from Italy, Turkey, Japan, and California. I am currently co-directing the study of archaeological human remains from the Medieval site of Villa Magna, Italy.

I am Co-Editor-In-Chief for Bioarchaeology International



I received my B.A. and M.Sc from the University of Toronto, and Ph.D  from the same institution, working in both the Department of Anthropology and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. I enjoyed the following two years as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, and subsequently was a faculty member for one year at the University of Toronto before coming to UC Berkeley.


Representative Publications

Co-Editor-In-Chief: Bioarchaeology International

Books &Edited Volumes:

*Agarwal, S.C. and Patrick Beauchesne (eds.) (in press). Children and Childhood in the Past. University of Florida Press.

*Agarwal, S.C. and Julie Wesp (eds.) (2017). Exploring Sex and Gender in Bioarchaeology. University of New Mexico Press.

Soluri, K. and S.C. Agarwal (2015). Engaging with Human Biology and Evolution. W. W. Norton & Company. 

Agarwal , S.C and Bonnie Glencross (eds). (2011) Social Bioarchaeology, Wiley-Blackwell  Press, New York).

Agarwal, S.C., and Stout, S.D. (eds.) (2003). Bone Loss and Osteoporosis: An Anthropological Perspective. Kluwer Plenum Academic Press.

 Articles: *peer-reviewed

 *Agarwal, S.C (2016) Bone morphologies and histories: Life course approaches in bioarchaeology. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 159: S130–S149

*Agarwal, S.C .and Miller, M. (2016). Nutrition and Bone Loss in Antiquity. In: Julia Lee-Thorp and M. Anne Katzenberg (eds). The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Diet. Oxford University Press: Oxford

*Sabrina C. Agarwal, Patrick Beauchesne, Bonnie Glencross, Clark Spencer Larsen, Lynn Meskell, Carolyn Nakamura, Jessica Pearson, and Joshua Sadvari. (2015). Roles for the sexes: the (bio)archaeology of women and men at Çatalhöyük. In:“Assembling Çatalhöyük”. EAA - Themes In Contemporary Archeology. Ian Hodder, ArkadiuszMarciniak (editors). 

*Clark Spencer Larsen, Simon W. Hillson, Başak Boz, Marin A. Pilloud, Joshua W. Sadvari, Sabrina C. Agarwal, Bonnie Glencross, Patrick Beauchesne, Jessica Pearson, Christopher B. Ruff, Evan M. Garofalo, Lori D. Hager, Scott D. Haddow, and Christopher J. Knüsel. (2015). Bioarchaeology of Neolithic Ҫatalhöyük: Lives and Lifestyles of an Early Farming Society in Transition. Journal of World Prehistory (March)

Nelson, D.A., Agarwal, S.C., and Linda Darga (2014). Bone Health From An Evolutionary Perspective (Development in Early Human Populations). In:  Michael F. Holick, Jeri Nieves (eds). Nutrition and Bone Health 2nd edition. Springer, New York

*Simon W. Hillson, Clark Spencer Larsen, Başak Boz, Marin A. Pilloud, Joshua W. Sadvari, Sabrina C. Agarwal, Bonnie Glencross, Patrick Beauchesne Jessica Pearson, Christopher B. Ruff, Evan M. Garofalo, Lori Hager, and Scott D. Haddow (2013). In The human remains I: Interpreting community structure, health and diet in Neolithic Çatalhöyük. In Hodder I (ed.): Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000-2008 Seasons. Los Angeles: Cotsen  Institute of Archaeology; London: British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara.

Beauchesne, P. and S.C. Agarwal. Age-related cortical bone maintenance and in Imperial Roman population. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. (2014).Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 15–30, January/February 2014. First published(2011) online in Wiley Online Library( DOI: 10.1002/oa.1303

Agarwal, S.C (2012). A Bioarchaeology of Social Identity. New Directions in Bioarchaeology Part II. The SAA Archaeological Record. May 2012: 29-31

*Agarwal, S.C (2012) The Past of Sex, Gender, and Health: Bioarchaeology of the Aging Skeleton. American Anthropologist 114(2):322-335.

Glencross, B  and Agarwal, S.C. (2011). An Investigation of Cortical Bone Loss and Fracture Patterns in the Neolithic Community of Çatalhöyük, Turkey using Metacarpal Radiogrammetry .Journal of Archaeological Science(38)3:513-521.

*M.Voltolini*, H-R.Wenk, J.G.Barreiro, and S.C. Agarwal. (2011) Hydroxylapatite lattice preferred orientation in bones: A study on macaque, human, and bovine samples. Journal of Applied Crystallography.44, 928-934.

*Agarwal, SC, Glencross, B (2009) Bone Loss and Fragility Through the Lifecycle: A Paleopathological Perspective. In: Moffat, T, and Prowse, T (eds). Biosocial Perspectives on Human Diet and Nutrition. Berghahn Press (Oxford, New York)

*Agarwal, S.C., and Grynpas, M.D. 2009. Measuring and Interpreting Age-related Loss of Vertebral Bone Mineral Density in a Medieval Population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Volume 139 Issue 2 , Pages 109 - 277

*Agarwal, S.C. (2008). Light and Broken Bones: Examining and Interpreting Bone Loss and Osteoporosis in Past Populations. In: Katzenberg, AK and Saunders, S. (Eds) Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton (2nd ed). Wiley-Liss: NY

*Agarwal, S.C., M. Dimitriu, and M.D. Grynpas. Medieval Trabecular Bone Architecture: The Influence of Age, Sex and Lifestyle. (2004). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 124(1):33-44.

Agarwal, S.C., and Stout, S.D. (eds.) Bone Loss and Osteoporosis: An Anthropological Perspective. (2004). Kluwer Plenum Academic Press.

Agarwal, S.C., and Stuart-Macadam, P. 2004. Reproduction and the Female Skeleton. In: Agarwal, S.C., and Stout, S.D. (eds.). Bone Loss and Osteoporosis: An Anthropological Perspective. Kluwer Plenum Academic Press.

Brickley, M.B. and Agarwal, S.C. 2004. Techniques for the Investigation of Age-Related Bone Loss and Osteoporosis in Archaeological Bone. In: Agarwal, S.C., and Stout, S.D. (eds). Bone Loss and Osteoporosis: An Anthropological Perspective. Kluwer Plenum Academic Press.

*Nelson, D.A., Sauer, N., and Agarwal, S.C. (2002). Evolutionary Aspects of Bone Health Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism. 1(3):169-179.


External links

Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley


Social Bioarchaeology introduces the exciting and growing biosocial approach in archaeology that challenges the traditional methods of analyzing and interpreting human skeletal remains.