Ifugao Neonate and Infant Oral Health

Author(s): Adam Lauer; Alexandra McDougle

Year: 2015


The Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP) seeks to develop a holistic understanding of the peoples of the Philippine Cordillera, specifically the bio-cultural adaptations to colonizing forces and environmental change. Presently relatively little is known about dental development and it's relationship to long bone growth given that current evidence regarding prehistoric Ifugao neonate and infant health is scarce.

This study examines a dental sample from 15 neonate and infant skeletons excavated during the 2013 IAP field season and seeks to address the process, significance and methodological problems associated with the analysis of dental remains in an archaeological context. This research provides a better understanding of Ifugao sub-adult health and encourages future researchers to include sub-adult dental analysis as a basis for understanding population health in general. Subadult Dental analysis is of particular importance given the present day gaps in subadult focused research as well as our lack of understanding of health in during colonization and environmental transitions. This poster will examine neonate and infant dental health to address some of these underdeveloped research questions by providing information about the health of the Ifugao. This research contributes to a greater understanding of the bio-archaeological record of Island Southeast Asia.

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Ifugao Neonate and Infant Oral Health. Alexandra McDougle, Adam Lauer. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397879)

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Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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