A case of maternal and perinatal death in Neolithic southern Vietnam, c. 2100–1050 BCE

Willis, Anna, and Oxenham, Marc F. (2013) A case of maternal and perinatal death in Neolithic southern Vietnam, c. 2100–1050 BCE. International Journal of Osteoarcheology, 23 (6). pp. 676-684.

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Despite ostensibly elevated rates of young female mortality in the past, believed to be associated with the risks of pregnancy and child birth, surprisingly few cases of pregnant female burials are reported in the bioarchaeological literature. This paper describes and discusses the case of a young female who died and was interred with an unborn full-term breech foetus at the Neolithic site of An Son, southern Vietnam c. 2100–1050BCE. Her exceptionally poor oral health, evidence for cribra orbitalia, linear enamel hypoplasia, small stature and compromised gynaecological competence, contributes to a differential diagnosis that explores a range of additional complications that may have contributed to the death of both mother and unborn child. An examination and appreciation of this case contribute to our knowledge of the reproductive age and health of young females in Neolithic Southern Vietnam and the challenges they faced during pregnancy and childbirth.

Item ID: 48106
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-1212
Keywords: pregnancy; dystocia; death during childbirth; palaeopathology; Neolithic; Vietnam
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC grant DP0774079
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 05:07
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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