Dennis Van Gerven received his BA in Anthropology from the
University of Colorado in 1968. He did his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, and received his MA in 1969 and his PhD in 1971. He has been a member of the Anthropology
Department at the University of Colorado since 1974 and is currently Director of the Arts and
Sciences Honors Program.
Dr. Van Gerven has published widely on aspects of health and disease in ancient populations
of the Nile Valley and is known for his extensive collection of mummified human remains from
Sudanese Nubia housed at the University of Colorado. He is presently continuing an extensive
analysis of mummified human remains from the Medieval site of Kulubnarti. His interests include
paleopathology, paleodemography, and biocultural reconstruction.
One of his students, trying to encapsulate Professor van Gerven's ethos, said