Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida
The Impact of Colonialism

Edited by Clark Spencer Larsen

Foreword by Jerald T. Milanich, Series Editor
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"An original and an extremely important contribution to the continuing scholarship that chronicles the impact of European colonization and missionization on the health, population history, and lifestyle of Native Americans of the southeastern United States. . . . Makes equally important contributions to the theory and methodology of bioarchaeological research."--Michael Pietrusewsky, University of Hawaii

These important essays address the biological consequences of the arrival of Europeans in the New World and on the lifeways of native populations following contact in the late 16th century. Moving away from monocausal explanations of population change, they maintain that disease should be viewed as only a facet of a complex problem and that issues relating to diet, nutrition, activity, the work environment, and social and political change are equally important.
The result of a 20-year project directed by the editor, this work involved a team of scientists who explicitly addressed their research to the study of an extensive series of human remains. No comparable body of information currently exists for any other area of the New World.


1. The Ethnohistorical Context of Bioarchaeology in Spanish Florida, by John E. Worth
2. Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida, by Clark Spencer Larsen
3. Food and Stable Isotopes in La Florida: Diet and Nutrition Before and After Contact, by Clark Spencer Larsen, Dale L. Hutchinson, Margaret J. Schoeninger, and Lynette Norr
4. Pits and Scratches: Microscopic Evidence of Tooth Use and Masticatory Behavior in La Florida, by Mark F. Teaford, Clark Spencer Larsen, Robert F. Pastor, and Vivian E. Noble
5. Reconstructing Behavior in Spanish Florida: The Biomechanical Evidence, by Christopher B. Ruff and Clark Spencer Larsen
6. Patterns of Growth Disruption in La Florida: Evidence from Enamel Microstructure, by Scott W. Simpson
7. Enamel Hypoplasia and Stress in La Florida, by Dale L. Hutchinson and Clark Spencer Larsen
8. Disease in Spanish Florida: Microscopy of Porotic Hyperostosis and Cribra Orbitalia, by Michael Schultz, Clark Spencer Larsen, and Kerstin Kreutz
9. Biological Relationships and Population History of Native Peoples in Spanish Florida and the American Southeast, by Mark C. Griffin, Patricia M. Lambert, and Elizabeth Monahan Driscoll
10. A Spanish Borderlands Perspective on La Florida Bioarchaeology, by Phillip L. Walker

Clark Spencer Larsen is Distinguished Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State University. In addition, he is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. He is the author of Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past through Bioarchaeology and Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton and he currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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"a wonderful summary of the research to date." "synthesizes what is currently known and interprets these data in their historical context. What emerges is a more complex picture of Native American life than is traditionally shown in the historical record." - Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
--Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

"a valuable alternate perspective for viewing natives in the Floridas." - Florida Historical Quarterly
--Florida Historical Quarterly

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