The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

Yin Lam

Primary Field
Associate Professor and Fall 2020 Honours Student Advisor
Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Archaeology, zooarchaeology, palaeoanthropology

My interest in early hominin behavior as an undergraduate eventually led me to a specialization in taphonomy, with a particular focus on how differential preservation of faunal remains and zooarchaeological methodology affect our interpretations of the faunal record.

Until recently, my primary region of interest has been sub-Saharan Africa, and I have participated in fieldwork in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa.

My dissertation research on cementum increment formation in South African bovids was conducted while I was a guest of the Iziko South African Museum and the University of Cape Town.


  • Archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Palaeoanthropology
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