This panel will showcase bioarchaeological research in Southeast Asia that use a range of methodologies to address archaeological questions relevant to the region and the world.
Over the past 20 years there has been an increase in bioarchaeological research in late prehistoric Southeast Asia. This work has been instrumental in addressing regional archaeological questions, such as migration patterns, models of agricultural intensification and subsistence change, and social organisation development. Furthermore, bioarchaeology research in this region has been important in informing universally applied archaeological models of human adaptation, such as the model of health change with agricultural intensification. Although agriculture developed independently in several places around the world, the model of prehistoric health change is based primarily on research in Europe and North America. Recent bioarchaeological work in Southeast Asia challenges this model, where human responses to agriculture have been shown to be more complex and regionally specific than the model implies. This panel will showcase research that addresses questions of regional and worldwide archaeological significance. The presentations will encompass different methodological approaches such as field anthropology, palaeopathology, palaeodemography, morphometric, and stable isotope analyses.