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Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038070

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038070.001.0001

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

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

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(p.217) 14 Life and Death of a Mother and Child in Nineteenth-Century Ontario, Canada
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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals
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Ann L. W. Stodder

Ann M. Palkovich

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038070.003.0014

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

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