Rebecca Mountain

About Rebecca Mountain

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the archaeology program, with a specific focus on bioarchaeology. My dissertation research focuses on the evolution of osteoporosis and skeletal fragility in modern humans, as well as possible selective pressures driving the gracilization of the human skeleton.

I am also interested in how major social and economic transitions affect skeletal health and how the human skeleton responds and adapts to stress. My M.A. project focused on the impact of social stress on bone loss among Mogollon populations in the prehistoric Southwest during a period of large-scale migration in the region.       

Selected Publications

Mountain, R. 2016. Assessing Differences in Cortical and Trabecular Bone Loss in Archaeological Specimens Using Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography. In preparation. 

Mountain, R. 2014. Catalogue Entries. In: Online Catalogue of Pre-Columbian Art: Selections from the Tucson Museum of Art Permanent Collection. pp.31-63. Available at

Borojevic K, Mountain R. 2013. Microscopic Identification and Sourcing of Ancient Egyptian Plant Fibres Using Longitudinal Thin Sectioning. Archaeometry 55(1):81-112.

Borojevic K, Mountain R. 2012. Paleoethnobotany. In Mersa/Wadi Gawasis 2010-2011 (eds. K Bard, R Fattovich, and C Ward). Available at

Borojevic K, Mountain R. 2011. The Ropes of Pharaohs: The Source of Cordage from “Rope Cave” at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis Revisited. JARCE 47:131-141.

Courses Taught


ANTH 160A1 - Patterns in Prehistory 

ANTH 150B1 - Many Ways of Being Human

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

ANTH 160D2 - Origins of Human Diversity

CLAS 329 - Art History of the Cinema 

SOC 302 - Sport and Society

ANTH 170C1 - Human Variation in the Modern World

ANTH 324 - The Human Machine


Areas of Study

Southwest US, Northwest Mexico, Near East, Egypt. 

Research Interests

Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, evolution, osteoporosis, gracility, bone mineral density, women's health, transition to agriculture, health impacts of social transitions. 

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Contact Information

Office Hours: Haury Room 120


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2017 (anticipated) 

M.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2013

B.A. Archaeology, Anthropology, Boston University, 2010