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These differences highlight not only how complex and multifaceted the biocultural processes of contact were, but also how multidimensional our inquiries need to be. Part 1, "Bioarchaeological Investigations," begins with Cassandra Hill's study of cultural and biological change during the protohistoric period in west-central Alabama. Hill compares Mississippian and protohistoric mortuary assemblages, including both archaeological evidence (burial practices and settlement patterns) and skeletal data (age and sex composition and stress indicators) to investigate changes in health status.
This settlement pattern change, just prior to contact, seems to have buffered the immediate effects of early European contact in this area. The work of Hill and Johnson and Lehmann demonstrates the same pattern of settlement-system devolution in adjacent regions during the late prehistoric period. Intensification of economic reliance on upland resources and Page 16 nutritional stress may be responses to the same stimuli, with an as yet unknown causal relationship between the two. As these studies illustrate, the late prehistoric period is crucial to our understanding of the biological and cultural impact of contact.
Epidemics were circumscribed, affecting different populations in different ways. And different cultural factors such as population densities and the nature of European contact situations led to different epidemiological and demographic outcomes. As a result, some Native American groups disappeared within several decades after 1492, while others were relatively unaffected for several centuries. From examining the cultural and biological contexts of specific contact situations, a more accurate model explaining the impact of that contact can be developed.