Daniel H Temple

Daniel H Temple

Daniel H Temple



Anthropology: bioarchaeology, developmental stress, life history theory, hunter-gatherers, mortuary practices, biodistance analysis, children and childhood, biomechanics and activity reconstruction, diet, resilience theory and new materialism

Daniel H. Temple received a BA in anthropology from Arizona State University in 2001 and Ph.D. in biological anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2007. He teaches courses that focus on bioarchaeology, human growth and development, the social histories and epistimes underlying the development of biological and biocultural anthropology, human evolution, and scientific racism. He is a bioarchaeologist and uses human skeletal remains and underlying mortuary contexts to understand lifeways in the human past. He has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters addressing questions of growth and development from social, ecological, and physiological perspectives; life history theory and stress; hunter-gatherer resilience and adaptability; habitual activity, sexual divisions of labor, and the colonial practice of science; population interaction and resilience; and the ontology of personhood in hunter-gatherer communities. These works have been published in leading journals including the American Journal of Biological Anthropology, American Antiquity, Yearbook of Biological Anthropology, and Bioarchaeology International.

His most recent edited volume (2019) Hunter-Gatherer Resilience and Adaptation: A Bioarchaeological Perspective was published with Cambridge University Press. The volume explores how hunter-gatherers create and maintain resilient lifeways in terms of diet, mobility, landscape occupation, and ideological behaviors. Chapters in this volume identify flexibility in subsistence economy, regional interaction, and communal memory as hallmarks of resilient communities. While factors such as rigidity in subsistence behavior, inequality, land dispossession, interdependence, and intrusive migration are identified as behaviors eroding resilient lifeways.

Temple is currently an associate editor for the American Journal of Biological Anthropology and has served on the editorial board for this journal since 2019.

He is available to supervise a limited number of graduate student projects in bioarchaeology that are related to growth and development, life history, mortuary practices, hunter-gatherer resilience, colonialism, and habitual activity.


Selected Publications

Edited Volume

Daniel H. Temple, Christopher Stojanowski (2019) Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation and Resilience: A Bioarchaeological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 395 pp.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Daniel H. Temple, Emily R. Rosa, David R. Hunt, Christopher B. Ruff (2023). Adapting in the Arctic II: Upper limb diaphyseal robusticity and habitual activity in Late Holocene hunter-gatherers from Alaska. American Journal of Biological Anthropology 181 (3): 392-412.

Daniel H. Temple, Ashley N. Edes (2022) Stress in bioarchaeology, epidemiology, and evolutionary medicine: An integrated conceptual model of shared history from the descriptive to the developmental. In: Plomp K, Roberts C, Elton S, Bentley G, editors. Evolutionary Health: Palaeopathology and Evolutionary Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p 261-282.

Daniel H. Temple, Emily R. Rosa, Christopher B. Ruff, David R. Hunt (2021) Adapting in the Arctic: Habitual activity and landscape interaction in Late Holocene hunter-gatherers from Alaska. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 176: 3-20.  

Daniel H. Temple (2020) Death ritual as a social strategy for ancestral affiliation: Constructing identity and persistent place at Yoshigo Shell Mounds, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In Knudson KJ, Stojanowski CM, editors. Identity Revisited: The Bioarchaeology of Identity in the Americas and Beyond. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. p 136-162.

Daniel H. Temple (2020) The infant-mother nexus revealed by linear enamel hypoplasia: Chronological and contextual evaluation of developmental stress using incremental microstructures of enamel in Late/Final Jomon period hunter-gatherers. In: Halcrow S, Gowland R, editors. The Infant-Mother Nexus in Anthropology: Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes. New York: Springer. p 65-84.

Lauryn C. Justice, Daniel H. Temple (2019) Bioarchaeological evidence for social maturation in the mortuary ritual of Ipiutak and Tigara hunter-gatherers: Lifespan perspectives on the emergence of personhood at Point Hope, Alaska. American Antiquity 84: 234-251.