The 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012)


Session 29. Bioarchaeology of contact and colonialism. Invited Podium Symposium. Chair: Melissa S. Murphy and Haagen D. Klaus

Saturday Morning, Galleria North Add to calendar

This symposium is organized around the topic of bioarchaeology of contact and colonialism and proposes to convene participants to discuss and compare current issues in bioarchaeological research of colonial encounters and contact after the 16th Century from different areas of the world. Colonial encounters and cultural contact had profound transformative effects that can be discerned from the material record. Bioarchaeological studies of colonialism often focus on the experiences of the colonized or native peoples or the dichotomous relationship between the colonizer and the colonized, but considerable study has shown that native experiences were considerably varied and that the effects of colonialism were not only felt by indigenous groups, but also by the colonizers themselves and that these effects may have altered the relationships between indigenous groups.Some possible topics discuss the biocultural impact of health on indigenous peoples,violence and warfare, paleodemography and the formation of hybrid and different identities (native, colonizer, mestizo, etc.) from a bioarchaeological perspective, the nature of 'indigeneity' and the process of ethnogenesis, paleodemography and populationdynamics, as well as the nuances of meaning in shifting mortuary patterns aftercolonialism. Rather than focusing on one hemisphere or one region, we have invited participants that work in many different areas of the world and the symposium has considerable global representation.

8:00-8:15 Add to calendar Surfacing from the Wake of Conquest: regional diversity in biocultural responses to European colonization in Northern Peru. Haagen D. Klaus, Rosabella V. Alvarez-Calderón.
8:15-8:30 Add to calendar Population health in the early colonial reducción of Magdalena de Cao Viejo . Catherine M. Gaither, Melissa S. Murphy, Jeffrey Quilter, Carrie Brezine, Regulo Franco.
8:30-8:45 Add to calendar A bioarchaeological approach to interethnic contact in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (19th-20th centuries). Ricardo A. Guichón, Pamela García Laborde, Melisa Salerno, Romina Casali, Rocio Guichón.
8:45-9:00 Add to calendar New research on the Colonial Period Maya Cemetery at Tipu, Belize. Mark N. Cohen, Marie Danforth, Nancy Elwess, Justin Sabino.
9:00-9:15 Add to calendar Physiological stress in a multi-ethnic cemetery population from colonial Campeche, Mexico. Andrea Cucina, Monica Rodriguez, Vera Tiesler.
9:15-9:30 Add to calendar Survival and abandonment of indigenous head shaping practices in the Colonial Andes and Mesoamerica . Vera Tiesler, Pilar Zabala.
9:30-9:45 Add to calendar Sugar, health, and slavery: forty years of bioarchaeological research at Newton Plantation, Barbados. Kristrina A. Shuler, Hannes Schroeder, William Stevens, Kelsey Herndon.
9:45-10:00 Add to calendar Reconstructing health at Elmina, Ghana: bioarchaeological perspectives of a historic African settlement in the Atlantic world . Emily S. Renschler, Christopher R. DeCorse.
10:15-10:30 Add to calendar The legacy of slavery and trade: morphometric assessment of 18th populations dynamics at the Cape of Good Hope. Isabelle Ribot, Alan G. Morris.
10:30-10:45 Add to calendar The social structuring of stress in contact-era Spanish Florida: a bioarchaeological case study from Santa Catalina de Guale, St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Lauren A. Winkler, Clark S. Larsen, Victor Thompson, Paul W. Sciulli, Dale L. Hutchinson.
11:00-11:15 Add to calendar Are bound feet an expression of Chinese ethnic identity during the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)?. Christine Lee.
11:15-11:30 Add to calendar The interpretation of shifting mortuary patterns after contact and colonialism. Maria Fernanda Boza Cuadros, Melissa S. Murphy, Catherine Gaither.
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