Professor of Anthropology
Coordinator of Forensic Science
Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kathy Durand Gore began teaching at Eastern New Mexico University in January 1993. She is currently Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology and Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She specializes in the analysis of animal and human bones recovered from archaeological excavations. Her field work has ranged from Neolithic sites in Cyprus and Jordan to Chacoan and Hohokam sites in the U.S. Southwest.
Dr. Durand Gore’s current research focuses on evidence of migration across the prehistoric northern Southwest using discrete dental traits on human teeth. She and colleagues have documented a close similarity for discrete dental traits between a sample from Chaco Canyon’s Pueblo Bonito and a Pueblo III sample from Aztec Ruin. This study is published in Human Variation in the Americas: the Integration of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (edited by Benjamin M. Auerbach, 2010). She also is conducting a long term study into the ritual use of animals at Chacoan sites in northwest New Mexico (published in Kiva volume 69:3, and Chaco’s Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region after AD 1100 (edited by Paul F. Reed, 2008). She has studied thousands of animal bones from Aztec, Guadalupe, and Salmon Ruins to explore changes in diet and ritual practices through time at these sites.She is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Anthropology from Arizona State University. She has served as a Review Panelist of Graduate Research Fellowships for the National Science Foundation.