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Children's Health in Archaic Texas: A Paleopathological Analysis of Juvenile Remains

Author(s): Lauren Koutlias

Year: 2017

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While many dissertations, theses, and publications have repeatedly touted the relatively low number of juvenile burials at Texas mortuary sites, this research project serves to reconsider their importance in the archaeological record. The Archaic Period mortuary sites of Ernest Witte and Morhiss on the Western Gulf Coastal Plains of Texas have an abundance of juvenile skeletons on which to conduct an analysis. Juvenile bones are especially susceptible to extrasomatic stress where adult bones may not be affected. By studying the remains of these children from a paleopathological perspective, a connection can be made to diet, lifestyle, and overall community health. This study aims to prove that a consideration of juvenile presence and contributions in past societies is important to reconstructing and understanding the past.

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Children's Health in Archaic Texas: A Paleopathological Analysis of Juvenile Remains. Lauren Koutlias. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429432)


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min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14456

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America