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