Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Jennifer L. Thompson
Number of Pages
Harris lines (HL) and enamel hypoplasia (EH) are two non-specific indicators of stress, commonly used in the reconstruction of the health status in past and present populations. The aim of this study was to determine if there is a correlation between these two markers. To achieve this aim, a sample of 136 individuals from two archaeological sites (Az-71 and Az-l40) from northern Chile was analyzed. HL and EH showed no correlation in terms of presence absence at the individual level. In addition, HL and EH, by age of the individual at the time of the defect formation, showed a completely different distribution. The results indicate no correlation between these two indicators at any level. Instead, the distribution of Harris lines, by age of the individual at the time of their formation, show that this indicator is associated with growth and not with arrested or slowed associated with stressful conditions.
Enamel; Harris; Hypoplasia; Indicators; Lines Specific; Stress; Two
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Alfonso Durruty, Marta Pilar, "Two non-specific indicators of stress: Enamel hypoplasia and Harris lines" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1412.