My research focuses on how the human skeleton responds to the process of pregnancy and childbirth (also known as parturition), and how this varies in women of different body size and shape.

 

I have a biocultural approach to my work that considers the influence of diet, activity, physiology and childbirth practices. I integrate information from current medical data to better understand what influences skeletal growth throughout childhood into adulthood, and use this to better inform analyses of the skeletons of women who died in the past.

 

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The skeletal markers of childbirth

My M.A. research focused on re-examining the presence of parturition scarring on the human skeleton from a morphometric perspective. My thesis project tested the influence of height, weight, number of children and various pelvic canal measurements on the presence and type of parturition scarring in both men and women from one archaeological and one modern human population.

 

 

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