We’re all in this together: accessing the maternal-infant relationship in prehistoric Vietnam

Adams, Alisha B., Halcrow, Siân E., King, Charlotte L., Miller, Melanie J., Vlok, Melandri, Millard, Andrew R., Gröcke, Darren R., Buckley, Hallie, Domett, Kate, Hoang Trinh, Hiep, Thi Minh, Tran, and Oxenham, Marc F. (2021) We’re all in this together: accessing the maternal-infant relationship in prehistoric Vietnam. In: Kendall, Ellen J., and Kendall, Ross, (eds.) The Family in Past Perspective: an interdisciplinary exploration of familial relationships through time. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 191-221.

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The human skeleton reflects an individual’s biocultural life-course, recording information on diet, health, and stress. Using new methods for inferring phys-iological stress during the foetal, infant, and childhood periods, this chapter investigates the early lives of two subadult individuals through the lens of the maternal-infant nexus from the Neolithic site of Man Bac in Vietnam. We apply a novel approach that incorporates stable isotopic evidence for weaning and diet, with a quantitative method of identifying and measuring linear enamel hypoplasia to assess physiological stress during development. These case studies are interpreted within a bioarchaeology of infant- and child-care theoretical model approach that focuses on the maternal-infant nexus, and incorporates information on fertility, palaeopathological data, archaeological data on the natural and social environment, and social organisation.

Item ID: 68717
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-367-40400-0
Copyright Information: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Ellen J. Kendall and Ross Kendall; individual chapters, the contributors
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 23:35
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440103 Biological (physical) anthropology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130702 Understanding Asia’s past @ 100%
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