Bioarchaeology, human ecology, and subsistence change in ancient China

Author(s): Elizabeth Berger

Year: 2015


This paper will explore the links between bioarchaeology and human ecology, and how they can contribute to studies of ancient Chinese subsistence. Both fields deal with similar types of data, including measures of nutritional status, fertility, disease burden, food production, and human-environment interaction. However, the two fields differ widely in both the time scale and the resolution of their data. Can models from human ecology inform bioarchaeological research? Can the long time scale available from bioarchaeology contribute to human ecology? The paper will use preliminary results from bioarchaeological research on the origins of pastoralism in China as a case study.

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Bioarchaeology, human ecology, and subsistence change in ancient China. Elizabeth Berger. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395633)


Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;