Grace Veatch

Cohort: 2015


  • MA, Anthropology, George Washington University, 2014
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 2010


Elizabeth “Grace” Veatch specializes in the evolution of the human diet by analyzing the remains of animal bones from archaeological sites. Her research takes place in Island Southeast Asia – a region rich in enigmatic and diverse faunas unknown in other regions of the world. Borrowing from both mammalogical and anthropological studies, her previous research experience includes taxonomic studies of small mammals as well as the postcranial functional anatomy of Southeast Asian murids from Indonesia.
Grace’s dissertation project aims to better understand the role of small mammals as a dietary component for both Homo floresiensis and modern humans at Liang Bua – a limestone archaeological cave site on Flores, Indonesia. Her previous zooarchaeological work on the murines (i.e., rats) through time showed at least one previously unknown environmental change occurring at ~60 thousand years ago with ecological implications for the extinction of Homo floresiensis. Veatch aims to elaborate on this research through carbon and oxygen isotopic analyses from small mammal remains. In addition, Veatch will also conduct taphonomic analyses on a sample of small mammal bones to determine how and to what extent hominins at Liang Bua hunted and consumed small mammals.

Advisor: Dr. Thompson