Thumbprints of a Midwife

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:
Thumbprints of a Midwife

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of a newborn infant from Nuvakwewtaqa, a Singaguan site near Flagstaff, Arizona (A.D. 1350). Radiographs along with archaeological context of the interment were used to interpret the brief life history of this infant, whose ribs exhibit several partially healed fractures attributed to birth trauma, probably caused by the thumbs of a midwife as she tried to force the infant through the birth canal during a difficult birth.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Nuvakwewtaqa; Birth trauma; Ancestral Pueblo

Chapter.  4027 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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