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Human Ecology and Archaeobiology


Ximena Lemoine is a graduate of Anthropology from Portland State University and began her work at the Smithsonian as an intern in 2010. She returned to the Smithsonian to work on her Senior Honor’s Thesis and was employed as Dr. Zeder’s research assistant upon her graduation.

Research Interests

Her research interests are centered on human interaction with and manipulation of animal populations. Seeking to employ a niche construction perspective, she is particularly interested in the analysis and effects of the often novel and complex strategies employed by humans in Broad Spectrum sites and during the transitional period prior to the Neolithic. She is currently a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis working with Fiona Marshall.

Area of Specialization



  • Lemoine, Ximena, Melinda A. Zeder, Katelyn J. Bishop, and Scott J. Rufolo
    2014 A New System for Computing Dentition-Based Age Profiles in Sus scrofa. Journal of Archaeological Science 47:179-193.
  • Lemoine, Ximena
  • 2012. Pig (Sus scrofa) at Hallan Çemi, Southeastern Anatolia: Proposing an Alternative Model. Unpublished undergraduate thesis, Portland State University.

Professional Presentations

  • Lemoine, Ximena, Katelyn J. Bishop, and Scott J. Rufolo
    2013. Expanding the Method: Applying New Tooth Eruption and Wear Data to Four Near Eastern Sites. Paper presented at the 11th International Meeting of the Archaeology of Southwestern Asia ICAZ Working Group, Haifa, Israel.
  • Lemoine, Ximena, and Katelyn J. Bishop
  • 2013. A New Synthesis for Aging Prehistoric Pigs (Sus scrofa): Consolidating Tooth Eruption and Attrition Studies. Paper presentated at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Honolulu.
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