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Faculty profile



Samanti Kulatilake
Associate Professor

Department
Sociology and Anthropology

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Samanti Kulatilake

Dr. Samanti Kulatilake has had her research projects cut out for her when she visits Sri Lanka. Once when she was there for a vacation, she received a call--prehistoric human skeletons had been found at a mining operation, was she available to conduct a detailed excavation and analysis? Her work in collaboration with the National Archaeology Department of Sri Lanka has been both exciting and rewarding.

Dr. Kulatilake's research has revolved around searching for affinities and ancestral ties of South Asians, by tracking cranial variation among circum-Indian Ocean populations over time and space. Her research has focused on adding data to the hypothesis that modern human expanded from East Africa by hugging the coast--and possibly island hopping.

Based on her firm belief that scholarship informs teaching, Dr. Kulatilake enriches her classes by sharing her research experiences with students, while also involving them in her research projects whenever possible.
Projects
Education
Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, 2000. Cambridge University. Dissertation title: "Cranial Diversity and the Evolutionary History of South Asian Populations".
M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology, 1996. Cambridge University. Thesis title: "Cranial variation and the dispersal of modern humans in South Asia".
B.A. (Adv.) in Anthropology, Minor: Geology, 1992. University of Manitoba.
Recent Publications
Kulatilake, S. (2011). Cranial diversity among South Asians: A Global Perspective. Man and Environment, XXXVI(2), 28-34.
Kulatilake, S. (2010). Early occupation of coastal Sri Lanka. In. (A.R. Sankhyan, Ed.), Asian Perspectives on Human Evolution (pp.207-214). New Delhi: Serials.
Kulatilake, S. (2009). Early Occupation of Coastal Sri Lanka. In 16th Annual IUAES Conference Proceedings in Asian Perspectives on Human Evolution (Kunming, China). (Role: Presenter).
Stock, J.T., Lahr, M.M., & Kulatilake, S. (2007). Cranial diversity in South Asia relative to modern human dispersals and global patterns of human variation. In. (M.D. Petraglia, & B. Allchin , Eds.), The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia. Inter-disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics. Dordrecht: Springer.
Kulatilake, S. (2005). "Minisaa Sathvayeki: Bhouthika Maanava Vidya Pivisuma (Humans as Biological Organisms: Handbook of Biological Anthropology), 2. Colombo: Tharanjee.
Kulatilake, S. (2004). Maanava Atheethaya II: Mannava Pavule Parinamaya (Human Evolutionary Past II: Hominin Evolution). Colombo: Tharanjee.
Kulatilake, S. (2000). Maanava Atheethaya I: Primata Parinamaya (Human Evolutionary Past I: Primate Evolution). Colombo: Tharanjee.
Kulatilake, S. (1996). Cranial variation and the dispersal of modern humans in South Asia. Colombo: Tharanjee.
Conference Presentations
Kulatilake, S. (2013). The Vedda of Sri Lanka: cranial diversity and affinities. Presented at IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) (Manchester, UK). (Role: Presenter).
Kulatilake, S. (2012). A comparative study of human cranial and dental remains from Mini-athiliya and Pallemalala. Presented at National Archaeology Symposium (Colombo, Sri Lanka). (Role: Presenter).
Kulatilake, S. (2010). From historic to recent times: cranial morphology of mainland and island South Asians. Presented at 3rd International Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology (Colombo Sri Lanka). (Role: Presenter).
Kulatilake, S., & Perera, N. (2010). Menik-Hamy: a prehistoric inhabitant of southern Sri Lanka from the mid-Holocene. Presented at 3rd International Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology (Colombo Sri Lanka). (Role: Presenter).
Kulatilake, S. (2009). The physical anthropology of the prehistoric people of Minie Ethiliya in coastal Sri Lanka. Presented at Sri Lanka Archaeology Symposium Colombo. (Role: Presenter).
Educational Institution Employment
Associate Professor, Mount Royal University, 2011 - Present.
Assistant Professor, Mount Royal College / University, 2008 - 2011.
Sessional Instructor, University of Lethbridge, Calgary Campus, 2005, March - 2005, June.
Part-Time Instructor, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology and Dept. of Earth Sciences, Mount Royal College, 2003 - 2008.
Senior Lecturer, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, 1999 - 2001.
Lecturer, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, 1995 - 1997.
Assistant Lecturer, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, 1993 - 1994.
Research Officer, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Sri Lanka, 1992 - 1993.
Courses Taught
2008 - 2011 ANTH 1101 "Introduction to Primatology and Human Evolution".
2008 - 2013 ANTH 1102 "Introduction to Biological Anthropology".
2009 - 2011 ANTH 2111 "Biological Anthropology of South Asia".
2010 - 2013 ANTH 3307 "Statistics for Anthropology".
2011 - 2013 ANTH 3321 "Human Osteology".
2010 - 2013 ANTH 3322 "Human Adaptation".
2010 ANTH 3199 "Directed Readings: Mortuary Arcaheology of Ancient Greece".
2012 ANTH 4451 "Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology: Paleodemography of the Holocene".
2010 - 2013 ANTH 5110 "Research Design and Professional Development".
2013 ANTH 5120 "Honours Thesis".
Coordination
(2013 - 2014). ANTH Honours Coordinator.
Course-based Degree
2012 - 2013. Larsson, P. Type: B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology (Completed). Role: Supervisor.
2011, September - 2012, January. Allan, J. Type: B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology (Withdrawn/Incomplete). Role: Supervisor.
2011, September - 2012, January. Marr, P. Type: B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology (Withdrawn/Incomplete). Role: Supervisor.
Grants
2010 Mount Royal University, "The Physical Anthropology of a Prehistoric Coastal Population from Sri Lanka (Year 2)". $4,000. Type: Grant-Competitive (Role: Principal Investigator).
2009 Mount Royal University: Research Reserve Fund Grant, "The Physical Anthropology of a Prehistoric Coastal Population from Sri Lanka". $4,000. Type: Grant-Competitive (Role: Principal Investigator).
Posters
Kulatilake, S. (2012). Cranial morphology of the Vedda people - the indigenes of Sri Lanka. Presented at CAPA (Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology) (Victoria, BC).
Kulatilake, S., Marr, P., & Allan, J. (2011, October). A mid Holocene Human burial from Coastal Sri Lanka. Presented at The 39th Annual Meeting of Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology (Montreal).
Other Professional Activity
(2009 - 2013). Consultant to National Archaeology Department in Sri Lanka (at excavations and collections from Fa Hien Cave, Kuragala, Mini-athiliya, Pallemalala, Batadomba Lena).
(2012). Brain Storm Special Event at TELUS Spark, Calgary: Public display of fossil casts and interactive.
(2013 - 2014). Anthropology Honours Coordinator.
(2010 - 2011). Anthropology Honours Coordinator.
(2012 - 2014). Anthropology Program Coordinator.
Other Communications
Kulatilake, S. (2012). Brain Storm Special Event at TELUS Spark. (Presenter: Public Exhibit and Interactive).
Curatorial/Museum Exhibitions
"Menik-Hamy: Prehistoric Human Burial". Venue: Star Fort Museum, Sri lanka.
Membership in Scholarly Societies or Other Organizations
2010 - 2013  SOSAA: Society of South Asian Archaeology.
2010 - 2014  AAA (American Anthropological Association).
2009 - 2013  CAPA (Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology).
2009 - 2014  IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences).
Committee Memberships
2009 - 2012 Human Research Ethics Board, Mount Royal University (Committee Type: University). Role: Member.
Offices Held
2013 - 2014 Anthropology Honours Coordinator, Mount Royal University.
Event Administration Activities
2013. Panel Chair, Osteobiographies: studies from ancient human skeletal remains. Type: Conference. Organizer: International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).