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

I earned a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in history at Arizona State University (2001) and an M.S. in biological anthropology at the University of Bradford (2003). I completed a Ph.D. in biological anthropology with a graduate minor in anatomy at The Ohio State University (2007).

The early life environment and hunter-gatherers link contemporary humans to the past, present and future. Stress in the early life environment reflects systems of inequality that may be perpetuated across the human life cycle, and these experiences are recorded in skeletal and dental tissue. While the concept of “hunter-gatherer” has roots in colonial binary oppositions to industrial capitalism, these populations engage in diverse adaptive strategies that speak to the establishment of sustainable communities.

My work on the early life environment reconstructs stress using incremental microstructures of enamel. I use these data to test hypotheses relating to the social and ecological contexts for growth and relationships between stress and mortality.

My work with hunter-gatherers incorporates traditional bioarchaeological analyses with resilience theory and new materialism. I investigate questions surrounding the ways in which reciprocal relationships with nature are created and maintained in hunter-gatherer communities. These investigations incorporate measures of diet, mobility, stress, mortuary ritual, and biodistance analysis.

My research focuses on ancestral remains from Japan, Alaska, Northern Eurasia, Archaic North America, and the American Southwest.

Selected Publications

Daniel H. Temple (2019) Bioarchaeological evidence for adaptive plasticity and constraint: Exploring life history trade-offs in the human past. Evolutionary Anthropology 28: 34-46.

Daniel H. Temple, Christopher Stojanowski (2018) Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation and Resilience: A Bioarchaeological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 404 pp.

Daniel H. Temple (2018) Exploring linear enamel hypoplasia as an embodied product of childhood stress among Late/Final Jomon period foragers. In: Agarwal SC, Beuchesne PD, editors. Children and Childhood in the Past. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. p 239-261.

Daniel H. Temple (2016) Chronology and periodicity of linear enamel hypoplasia mmong Late/Final Jomon period foragers: Evidence from incremental microstructures of enamel. Quaternary International 405: 3-10 (Invited Contribution).

Daniel H. Temple (2014) Plasticity and constraint in response to early-life stressors among Late/Final Jomon period foragers from Japan: evidence for life history trade-offs from incremental microstructures of enamel. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155: 537-545

Daniel H. Temple, Alan H. Goodman (2014) Bioarcheology Has a “Health” Problem: Conceptualizing Stress and Health in Bioarcheological Research. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155: 186-191.




Expanded Publication List

Daniel H. Temple, Vladimiir I. Bazaliiskii, Olga I. Goriunova, Andrzej Weber (2014) Skeletal Growth in Early and Late Neolithic Foragers from the Cis Baikal Region of Eastern Siberia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153:377-386.

Angela R. Lieverse, Daniel H. Temple, Vladimir Bazaliiskii (2014) Paleopathological description and diagnosis of metastatic carcinoma in an Early Bronze Age hunter-gatherer from Cis-Baikal, Siberia. PLoS One: E113919.

Daniel H. Temple, Jennifer N. McGroarty, Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, Masato Nakatsukasa, Hirofumi Matsumura (2013) A Comparative Study of Stress Episode Prevalence and Duration Among Jomon Period Foragers from Hokkaido. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 152: 230-238.

Daniel H. Temple, Masato Nakatsukasa, Jennifer N. McGroarty (2012) Reconstructing patterns of systemic stress in a Jomon period subadult using incremental microstructures of enamel. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 1634-1641. 

Libby W. Cowgill, Courtney Elezear, Benjamin M. Auerbach, Daniel H. Temple, Kenji Okazaki (2012) Developmental Variation in Ecogeographic Body Proportions. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 148: 557-570.

Daniel H. Temple, Kenji Okazaki, Libby W. Cowgill (2011) Ontogeny of Limb Proportions in Late Through Final Jomon Period Foragers. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145: 415-425.

Daniel H. Temple, Soichiro Kusaka, Paul W. Sciulli (2011) Patterns of social identity in relation to tooth ablation among prehistoric Jomon foragers from the Yoshigo site, Aichi prefecture, Japan. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 323-335.

Daniel H. Temple, Hirofumi Matsumura (2011) Do body proportions among prehistoric foragers from Hokkaido conform to ecogeographic expectations? Evolutionary implications of size and shape variation among northerly hunter-gatherers. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 268-282.

Daniel H. Temple (2011) Dental caries as evidence for sex-specific dietary variation and reproductive ecology among prehistoric Late/Final Jomon period foragers from Japan. American Journal of Human Biology 23: 107-117.

Haagen Klaus, Alicia Wilbur, Daniel H. Temple, Jane Buikstra, Anne Stone, Marco Fernandez, Carlos Wester, Manuel Tam (2010)Tuberculosis on the North Coast of Peru: skeletal and molecular paleopathology of Pre-Hispanic and postcontact Mycobacterium infection. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 2587-2597. 

Daniel H. Temple (2010) Patterns of systemic stress during the agricultural transition in prehistoric Japan. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142: 112-124.

Daniel H. Temple, Benjamin M. Auerbach, Masato Nakatsukasa, Paul W. Sciulli, Clark Spencer Larsen (2008) Variation in limb proportions between Jomon foragers and Yayoi agriculturalists from prehistoric Japan. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137: 164-174.

Daniel H. Temple (2008) What can stature variation reveal about environmental differences between prehistoric Jomon foragers? Understanding the impact of systemic stress on developmental stability. American Journal of Human Biology 20: 431-439.

Daniel H. Temple, Clark Spencer Larsen (2007) Dental Caries Prevalence as Evidence for Agriculture and Subsistence Variation During the Yayoi Period in Prehistoric Japan Biocultural Interpretations of an Economy in Transition. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 134: 501-512.

Daniel H. Temple (2007) Dietary Variation and Stress Among Prehistoric Jomon Foragers From Japan. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 133: 1035-1046.

Daniel H. Temple (2006) A Possible Case of Coccidioidomycosis from the Los Muertos Site, Tempe. Arizona. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16: 316-327.