Timing of Stress Episodes at Houtaomuga: Neolithic and Bronze Age Comparisons


The unworn and minimally worn anterior teeth of 48 individuals from Neolithic and Bronze Age levels of the Houtaomuga site in Jinlin Province, China were examined macro- and microscopically for location on the labial surface of lines of Enamel Hypoplasia relative to the cementoenamel junction. From estimated ages of enamel formation across the tooth crown surface, ages of occurrence of stress exposure were calculated. Variation in timing of growth cessation and recovery from birth to 6 years, as recorded in the enamel of the anterior dentition, is explored within the cultural and environmental contexts of two distinct subsistence economies: the Neolithic based solely on hunting-gathering-fishing, the Bronze Age with millet cultivation added to the basic h/g/f economy. This study examines the bioarchaeology and life histories of young children across dimensions of time, environment and subsistence in Northeast China.

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Timing of Stress Episodes at Houtaomuga: Neolithic and Bronze Age Comparisons. Deborah C. Merrett, Hua Zhang, Lixin Wang, Hong Zhu, Dongya Y. Yang. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432010)


LEH Life history Stress

Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15579