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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals$
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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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Thumbprints of a Midwife

Thumbprints of a Midwife

Birth and Infant Death in an Ancient Pueblo Community

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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Ann L. W. Stodder

Ann M. Palkovich

University Press of Florida

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

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