SESSION 21

Indo-Pacific Bioarchaeology: Death, Disease, Demography and Diet

Melandri Vlok1, Clare McFadden2

1Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

2School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University

This session explores the latest advances in bioarchaeological research in the Indo-Pacific region. Bioarchaeology has a long history in this part of the world and, with the advancement of methodologies over the past several decades, so too has Indo-Pacific bioarchaeology evolved to provide new insights into past human narratives. The time depth of human and human-ancestor activity in parts of the region has been extended in recent years, attracting global attention. Taking into consideration the insights of new methodologies and revised temporal depth of human lineages, activities, and diseases in the region, the emerging image is one of great complexity in social, biological, and demographic responses through time and space, alluding to the stochastic nature of human populations and processes. This session reports on research from a range of facets of bioarchaeology, such as palaeopathology, osteobiographies, mortuary archaeology, isotopic and genetic studies, palaeoepidemiology, and palaeodemography, and spans high resolution case studies to more regional patterns in human narratives. Inferential frameworks, including cutting edge developments in theory and epistemology, and the application of new methodologies particularly in a multidisciplinary framework will be showcased. Further, this session will situate Indo-Pacific bioarchaeology within global bioarchaeological research, highlighting its contributions to the discipline more broadly.

S21-1

Living in the Dry Zone: Stable Isotope Insights Into Palaeodiet in Ancient Myanmar

Anna Willis, T.O. Pryce, Baptiste Pradier, Amanda Cook, Charlotte King, Patrick Roberts

S21-2

Malaria and Yaws: Current Synthesis and Future Directions on the Origins and Antiquity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Melandri Vlok, Hallie Buckley, Marc Oxenham, Gretchen Velarde, Trần Thị Minh

S21-4

Celestials in New Zealand: A Bioarchaeology of the Lived Experiences of the Chinese ‘Sojourners’ to the Otago Gold Rushes

Hallie R. Buckley, Peter Petchey, Charlotte King, Jitlada Innanchai, Melandri Vlok, Annie Snoddy

S21-5

Early Lives of Ancient Children from the Indo-Pacific Revealed by Tooth Chemistry and Development

Tanya M. Smith, Manish Arora, Christine Austin, Janaína Ávila, Hallie Buckley, Daniel R. Green, Rebecca Kinaston, Petra Vaiglova, Ian S. Williams

S21-6

Females of the Yahuai Cave in Guangxi, Xiaoma Cave in Taiwan, Bau Du in Vietnam and Other Hunter-Gatherer Sites Belonging to the First Layer of AMH Dispersal

Matsumura Hirofumi, Xie Guangmao, Nguyễn Lân Cường, Li Zhen, Nguyễn Khánh Trung Kiên, Huang Shih-chiang, Hung Hsiao-chun

S21-7

Constructions of Identity in Death: Insights from Metal Period Napa, Philippines

Marc Oxenham, Victor Paz, Rebecca Crozier, Don Matthews, Anna Pineda, Sarah Lyddon

S21-11

Historiography of Philippine Bioarchaeology: Current and Future Directions

Sarah Agatha Villaluz, Gretchen Velarde, Melandri Vlok