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Authors: Buckley, Hallie R.
Oxenham, Marc
Title: Bioarchaeology in the Pacific Islands: a temporal and geographical examination of nutritional and infectious disease
Date: 2015
Source: The Routledge Handbook of Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands
Place of Publication: Oxon, UK
Publisher: Routledge
Abstract: Through the analysis of evidence of disease in human skeletal remains, the role of infectious disease and the interaction with subsistence transitions has been a matter for intensive research for decades in the prehistory of Europe and the Americas (Cohen and Armelagos, 1984; Cohen and Crane-Kramer, 2007) and, to some extent, in Southeast Asia (Oxenham et al., 2005). However, as Kirch (2000) suggests, the impact of infectious disease on human populations during the prehistory of the Pacific Islands has received less attention. By reviewing the evidence for infectious disease in human skeletal remains, this chapter will begin to address its role during the human settlement of the Pacific Islands and the effect on human health. The influences of diet, nutrition and growth on the health of prehistoric Pacific peoples are also addressed. These inter-related factors are reviewed in this chapter to complement the several diet and human biology-related chapters in the subsequent Pacific portion of this volume.
Editors: Oxenham, Marc
Buckley, Hallie R.
Page Start: 363
Page End: 388
Series Title: Routledge Handbooks Online