The 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2015)


Session 21. Beyond the Bones: Engaging with Disparate Datasets. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Madeleine Mant

March 26, 2015 , Gateway Ballroom 4 Add to calendar

Anthropological investigations into questions concerning health, disease, and the life course in past and contemporary societies demand the incorporation of and engagement with diverse datasets. Tackling these ‘big picture’ questions related to human health-states requires understanding and integrating social, historical, environmental, and biological contexts. Using multiple lines of inquiry inevitably involves unpacking and uniting qualitative and quantitative data from divergent sources and technologies. The crucial interplay between new technologies and traditional approaches to anthropology necessitates innovative approaches that draw on multi and transdiciplinary collaboration that promotes the emergence of new and alternate views.

In this session we will explore how current research in physical anthropology is responding to the challenges posed by disparate data. The papers presented will illustrate and promote a discussion of the problems, limitations, and benefits of drawing upon and comparing datasets, while illuminating the many ways in which anthropologists are using multiple data sources to unravel larger conceptual questions in anthropology. 

Discussion: Carlina De la Cova
1 Add to calendar Missing, presumed dead: Deconstructing ‘high’ infant mortality with new data sets from historic cemetery populations. Amanda L. Murphy.
2 Add to calendar Direct Digital Radiographic Imaging of Archaeological Skeletal Assemblages: An advantageous technique and the use of the images as a research resource. Jelena J. Bekvalac.
3 Add to calendar ‘Readmitted under urgent circumstance’: uniting archives and bioarchaeology at the Royal London Hospital. Madeleine L. Mant.
4 Add to calendar Beyond the Bones of Baikal: 18 Years of Multidisciplinary Bioarchaeological Research in Siberia . Hugh G. McKenzie, Angela R. Lieverse.
5 Add to calendar Multifaceted data collection to interpret aetiology of joint osteoarthritis in the human skeleton. Stephanie E. Calce, Helen K. Kurki.
6 Add to calendar Between the Lines: Interpreting Disparate Data in Castration Studies. Kathryn Reusch.
7 Add to calendar Hunting for pathogens: ancient DNA and the historical record. Stephanie Marciniak, Tracy Prowse, Hendrik N. Poinar.
8 Add to calendar The use of linguistic data in bioarchaeological research: an example from the American Southwest. Michael A. Schillaci, Søren Wichmann.
9 Add to calendar The present informs the past: incorporating modern clinical data into paleopathological analyses of metabolic bone disease. Laura Lockau.
10 Add to calendar Now and then: Linking public health research to bioarchaeological methodology. Casey L. Kirkpatrick.
11 Add to calendar Uniting perception and reality in human nutrition: integration of qualitative and quantitative data to understand consumption. Alyson Holland.