Valerie Davis

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 Valerie received her B.A. in Anthropology, Magna Cum Laude, from Mississippi State University in 2001 and her M.A. in Applied Anthropology from MSU in 2004.  Valerie is a Mortuary Archaeologist for New South Associates in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Thesis title: A STUDY OF STRESS INDICATORS AS EVIDENCE FOR POSSIBLE DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF MALES AND FEMALES AT DUST CAVE (1LU496), ALABAMA Homes Hogue, Major Professor

Gender studies have been conducted on several populations throughout North America using skeletal indicators of stress, such as enamel hypoplasia, non-specific infection, and traumatic injury. Using these studies as a baseline, analysis of stress responses in skeletal material was used in an attempt to infer possible differences in the lives of males and females from the Middle Archaic occupations of Dust Cave, Alabama. Results from this analysis were then compared to research done on other populations, in an attempt to place Dust Cave in a wider context. Results of this analysis conclude that males, who are much more susceptible to infection, were the more stressed sector of the Dust Cave population. Females showed fewer indicators of stress, and out-lived males by 20 years.


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