Helina Woldekiros

Assistant Professor of Archaeology
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
research interests:
  • Subsistence and Economic Anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Foodways
  • Human–Animal Interactions
  • African Archaeology

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • CB 1114
  • One Brookings Dr.
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Helina Woldekiros' work focuses on human adaptations in the Horn of Africa during the beginnings of food production, agricultural diets, pastoralism, and mobile responses to climatic change in extreme ecological/environmental settings.

Woldekiros completed her dissertation at Washington University in St. Louis before receiving a Volkswagen postdoctoral fellowship at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She then returned to WashU, where she served as a postdoctoral associate before joining the anthropology department as assistant professor. In fall 2017, her team unearthed the oldest known physical evidence for the introduction to domesticated chickens to the continent of Africa.

For more information, visit Helina Woldekiros' department profile