Population growth in ancient Southeast Asia

Population growth in ancient Southeast Asia

Measures of population growth can provide significant insights into the health, adaptivity and resilience of ancient communities, particularly the way in which human populations respond to major changes, such as the transition to and intensification of agriculture. This seminar reports on the application of a new method for estimating the rate of natural population increase (RNPI) from human skeletal remains to ancient Southeast Asian samples. Using the LOESS fitting procedure, trends in population growth from the Neolithic through to the Iron Age have been evaluated against the existing archaeological narrative for the region. In addition to assessing the efficacy and accuracy of the method, this research has identified potential intraregional variability in population responses to major technological, economic and sociocultural events, which may be consistent with the inferred variable response to agriculture at the global and regional level.

Clare McFadden is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at the ANU. Her research focusses on human osteological approaches to palaeodemography and palaeoepidemiology. She has a particular interest in examining relationships between population dynamics, health and disease in ancient populations in Asia and the Pacific.

Date & time

Tue 02 Apr 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm


Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Bldg 13, Ellery Crescent, ANU


Clare McFadden


Susan Cowan
6125 4273


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