Synthesizing Natural Science and Social Theory using Isotopic Anthropology


Christine White - Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology and Isotopic Anthropology, Department of Anthropology at University of Western Ontario  


Abstract: Stable isotope analysis has traditionally been viewed as a scientific methodology useful primarily for reconstructing diet.  Recent years have also seen the emergence of its usefulness in addressing social, political, and economic issues. However, within a bioarchaeological framework, it also has great potential for integration with social theory.  The collage of studies from Mesoamerica in this presentation illustrate the use of  isotopic anthropology and landscape bioarchaeology for reconstructing ideology, agency, identity, and embodiment in ancient times.