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Life and Death of a Mother and Child in Nineteenth-Century Ontario, Canada

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038070.003.0014
Life and Death of a Mother and Child in Nineteenth-Century Ontario, Canada

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of a young mother and infant pair from the Harvie Cemetery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen along with archaeological context of the interments were used in reconstructing the life histories of these individuals. Identified from the cemetery's historical records, this mother and her infant suggest the economic stress that followed from the woman's loss of her husband the previous year. His death may have necessitated the mother's continuing to breast-feed her infant, which ultimately led to both their deaths, probably from the typhus or cholera epidemics sweeping the area at the time.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Harvie Cemetery; Weaning; Stable isotope analysis

Chapter.  3622 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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