The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2020)


Session 69. Bioarchaeology and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: The Impact of Methods and Context on Interpretation. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: April K. Smith Co-organizers: Garland, Carey J. (University of Georgia); Smith, April K. (University of Georgia)

April 18, 2020 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Diamond 6 Add to calendar

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis posits that early life physiological stress has durable impacts on health and mortality risk across the life course. The implications of early life environment for long-term health trajectories remain a persistent challenge today that requires methodological approaches and theory building that reach into the past. Bioarchaeologists have recently begun to engage with the DOHaD hypothesis using various methodological approaches that focus on reconstructing early childhood stress, including linear enamel hypoplasia, vertebral neural canal size, stature estimation, and accentuated striae of Retzius. Bioarchaeological research has contributed to the broader framework of the DOHaD by exploring the impact of early childhood stress within various cultural contexts through deep time. However, bioarchaeological studies into the DOHaD hypothesis have encountered mixed results; some research demonstrates that early life stress is adaptive, making individuals more resilient and physiological competent in dealing with future stress, while other research shows that early life stress is linked with poor health and increased mortality risk in subsequent life history periods. Discrepancies in the link between early life stress and early death may be attributed to several factors, such as differences in methodological approaches, cultural factors, hidden heterogeneity in risk, and the type and severity of stress. This proposed symposium will explore the various factors that influence the interpretation of bioarchaeological research using the DOHaD hypothesis. This symposium will highlight the importance of cultural context and methodology, as well as novel theoretical approaches, in exploring the links between early life stress, future health, and mortality risk.

Discussant: Daniel Temple
1 Add to calendar A multifactorial approach to the developmental origins of infectious disease: comparing results from dental histology, paleopathology, and stable isotope analysis. April K. Smith, Laurie J. Reitsema, Antonio Fornaciari, Luca Sineo.
2 Add to calendar Elemental Signatures and Growth Defects in Teeth Show Differential Morbidity and Mortality tied to Variable Weaning and Dietary Practices among Missionized Guale on the Georgia Coast (ca 17th century). Carey J. Garland, Laurie J. Reitsema.
3 Add to calendar Correlations between growth disruptions and adult mortality risk: comparisons between documented and archaeological samples using consistent methods. Colleen M. Cheverko.
4 Add to calendar Multiple developmental stress events and mortality outcomes in the context of medieval English famines. Sharon N. DeWitte.
5 Add to calendar How small is small? Careful considerations for childhood stress using Vertebral Neural Canal (VNC) dimensions. Trent M. Trombley, Patrick D. Beauchesne, Sabrina C. Agarwal.
6 Add to calendar Crypt fenestration enamel defects have no association with childhood morbidity or mortality at Tlatelolco, a Mesoamerican urban center (1350-1521 CE). Kelly E. Blevins, Josefina Mansilla Lory.
7 Add to calendar A Tale of Two Towns: Exploring the Impact of the Osteological Paradox on Interpretations of Bioarchaeological Data within the DOHaD Framework. Sophie L. Newman.
8 Add to calendar Vertebral neural canal growth and developmental stress: a case study from the American Southwest. Samuel M. LoPresto, Daniel H. Temple, David R. Hunt.
9 Add to calendar Developmental Origins of Tuberculosis in a Documented Skeletal Collection. Jacob White, Fabian Crespo.