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Peer Reviewed Articles:

64. Yaussy SL, DeWitte SN, and Hughes-Morey G. In press. The second epidemiological
transition: Survivorship and industrialization in London. American Journal of Biological Anthropology

63. Simon M, Zhang Q, Sikora M, Willmott H, DeWitte S, and Wang Q. 2023. In search of earliest records of endemic plague: Past research and new endeavors. Asian Journal of Paleopathology. 5:21-29. Link.

62. Eaton K, Sidhu RK, Klunk J, Gamble J, Boldsen JL, Carmichael AG, Varlik N, Duchene S, Featherstone L, Grimes V, Golding GB, DeWitte SN, Holmes EC, and Poinar HN. 2023. Emergence, continuity and evolution of Yersinia pestis throughout medieval and early modern Denmark. Current Biology. Link.

61. Lewis CM, Akini MY, DeWitte SN, and Stone AC. 2023. Ancient pathogens provide a window onto health and well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 120:e2209476119. Link.

60. Robbins Schug G, Buikstra JE, DeWitte SN, Baker BJ, Berger E, Buzon MR, Davies-Barrett AM, Goldstein LG, Grauer AL, Gregoricka LA, Halcrow SE, Knudson KJ, Larsen CS, Martin DL, Nystrom KC, Perry MA, Roberts CA, Santos AL, Stojanowski CM, Suby JA, Temple DH, Tung TA, Vlok M, Watson-Glen T, and Zakrzewski SR. 2023. Climate change, human health, and challenges to resilience in the Holocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 120:e2209472120. Link.

59. Klunk J, Vilgalys T, Demeure C, Cheng X, Shiratori M, Mari S, Madej J, Beau R, Elli D, Patino MI, Redfern R, DeWitte SN, Gamble JA, Boldsen JL, Carmichael A, Varlik N, Eaton J, Grenier J-C, Golding B, Devault A, Rouillard J-M, Yotova V, Sindeaux R, Ye CJ, Bikaran M, Dumaine A, Brinkworth JF, Missiakas D, Rouleau GA, Steinrücken M, Pizarro-Cerdá J, Poinar HN, and Barreiro LB. 2022. Black Death shaped the evolution of immune genes. Nature. Link.

58. Brennan EJ and DeWitte SN. 2022. Sexual stature difference fluctuations in pre- and post-Black Death London as an indicator of living standards. American Journal of Human Biology. doi/10.1002/ajhb.23783. PDF.

57. Ham AC, and DeWitte SN. 2022. Pubertal timing as a measure of health and well-being and a bridge between past and present. Bioarchaeology International. Link.

56. Buikstra JE, DeWitte SN, Agarwal SC, Baker BJ, Bartelink EJ, Berger E, Blevins KE, Bolhofner K, Boutin AT, Brickley MB, Buzon MR, de la Cova C, Goldstein L, Gowland R, Grauer AL, Gregoricka LA, Halcrow SE, Hall SA, Hillson S, Kakaliouras AM, Klaus HD, Knudson KJ, Knüsel CJ, Larsen CS, Martin DL, Milner GR, Novak M, Nystrom KC, Pacheco-Forés SI, Prowse TL, Robbins Schug G, Roberts CA, Rothwell JE, Santos AL, Stojanowski C, Stone AC, Stull KE, Temple DH, Torres CM, Toyne JM, Tung TA, Ullinger J, Wiltschke-Schrotta K, Zakrzewski SR. 2022. Twenty-first century bioarchaeology: Taking stock and moving forward. Yearbook of Biological Anthropology. Link.

55. DeWitte SN, and Wissler A. 2021. Demographic and evolutionary consequences of
pandemic diseases. Bioarchaeology International 6:229-253. Link.

54. Kelmelis S, and DeWitte SN. 2021. Urban and rural survivorship in pre- and post-Black Death Denmark. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 38: 103089. Link.

53. DeWitte SN, and Betsinger TK. 2021. Toward a bioarchaeology of urbanization. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 175:S72:79-118. Link.

52. DeWitte SN, and Lewis M. 2021. Medieval menarche: Changes in pubertal timing before and after the Black Death. American Journal of Human Biology 33:e23439. Link.

51. van Schaik KD, and DeWitte SN. 2020. Covid-19 and the Black Death: Nutrition, frailty, inequity, and mortality. Journal of Health and Social Sciences 5:471-484. PDF.

50. Walter B, DeWitte S, Dupras T, and Beaumont J. 2020. Assessment of nutritional stress in famine burials using stable isotope analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 172:214-226. PDF.

49. DeWitte SN, and Yaussy SL. 2020. Sex differences in famine mortality in medieval London. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 171:164-169. PDF.

48. Redfern R, DeWitte S, Beaumont J, Millard A, and Hamlin C. 2019. A new method for investigating the relationship between diet and mortality: hazard analysis using dietary isotopes. Annals of Human Biology 46(5):378-387. PDF.

47. Klunk J, Duggan AT, Redfern R, Gamble J, Boldsen JL, Golding GB, Walter BS, Eaton K,  Stangroom J, Rouillard J-M, Devaul A, DeWitte S, and Poinar HN. 2019. Genetic resiliency and the Black Death: no apparent loss of mitogenomic diversity due to the Black Death in medieval London and Denmark. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 169:240-252. PDF.

46. Yaussy SL, and DeWitte SN. 2019. Calculus and survivorship in medieval London: the association between dental disease and a demographic measure of general health. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 168: 552-565. PDF.

45. Yaussy SL, and DeWitte SN. 2018. Patterns of frailty in non-adults from medieval
London. International Journal of Paleopathology. 22:1-7. PDF.

44. Redfern R, DeWitte SN, Montgomery J, and Gowland R. 2018. A novel investigation into migrant and host health-statuses in the past: a case-study from Roman Britain. Bioarchaeology International. 2:20-43. PDF.

43. DeWitte SN. 2018. Stress, sex, and plague: patterns of developmental stress and survival in pre- and post-Black Death London. American Journal of Human Biology 30:e23073. PDF.

42. DeWitte SN. 2018. Demographic anthropology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 165: 893-903. PDF.

41. DeWitte SN and Kowaleski M. 2017. Black Death bodies. Fragments 6:1-37. PDF.

40. Betsinger TR, and DeWitte S. 2017. Trends in mortality and biological stress in a medieval Polish urban population. International Journal of Paleopathology 19:24-36. PDF.

39. DeWitte SN, and Yaussy SL. 2017. Short femur length and famine mortality in medieval London. Bioarchaeology International 1:41-52. PDF.

38. Walter BS, and DeWitte SN. 2017. Urban and Rural Mortality and Survival in Medieval England. Annals of Human Biology 44:338-348. PDF.

37. Redfern RC, Judd M, and DeWitte S. 2017. Multiple injury and health in past societies: an analysis of concepts and approaches, and insights from a multi-period study. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27:418-429PDF.

36. Crespo FA, Klaes CK, Switala AE, and DeWitte SN. 2017. Do leprosy and tuberculosis generate a systemic inflammatory shift? Setting the ground for a new dialogue between experimental immunology and bioarchaeology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162:143- 156. PDF.

35. DeWitte SN. 2016. Archaeological evidence of epidemics can inform future epidemics. Annual Review of Anthropology DOI: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-102215-095929. PDF.

34. DeWitte S, Kurth M, Allen C, and Linkov I. 2016. Disease epidemics: lessons for resilience in an increasingly connected world. Journal of Public Health doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw044. PDF.

33. Yaussy SL, DeWitte SN, Redfern RR. 2016. Frailty and famine: Patterns of mortality and physiological stress among victims of famine in medieval London. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. PDF.

32. Walter BS, DeWitte SN, Redfern RR. 2016. Sex differentials in caries frequencies in medieval London. Archives of Oral Biology 63: 32-39. PDF.

31. DeWitte SN, Hughes-Morey G, Bekvalac J, and Karsten J. 2016. Wealth, health, and frailty in Industrial-era London. Annals of Human Biology 43:241-54. PDF.

30. DeWitte SN.  2015. Setting the stage for medieval plague: pre-Black Death trends in survival and mortality. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158:441-451. PDF.

29. DeWitte SN and Stojanowski CM. 2015. The Osteological Paradox 20 Years Later: Past Perspectives, Future Directions. Journal of Archaeological Research 23:397-450. PDF.

28. Redfern R, DeWitte SN, Pearce J, Hamlin C, and Egging Dinwiddy K. 2015. Urban-rural differences in Roman Dorset, England: a bioarchaeological perspective on Roman settlements. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 157:107-120. PDF.

27. DeWitte SN. 2015. Bioarchaeology and the Ethics of Research Using Human Skeletal Remains. History Compass 13: 10-19. PDF.

26. DeWitte SN. 2014. The anthropology of plague: Insights from bioarchaeological analyses of epidemic cemeteries. The Medieval Globe 1:97-124. PDF.

25. DeWitte SN. 2014. Health in post-Black Death London (1350-1538): Age patterns of periosteal new bone formation in a post-epidemic population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22510. PDF.

24. DeWitte SN. 2014. Differential survival among individuals with active and healed periosteal new bone formation. International Journal of Paleopathology. 7:38-44. PDF.

23. DeWitte SN. 2014. Mortality risk and survival in the aftermath of the medieval Black Death. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96513. PDF.

22. Parker D, Wood J, Tomita S, DeWitte S, Jennings J, and Cui L. 2014. Household ecology and out-migration among ethnic Karen along the Thai-Myanmar border. Demographic Research 30:1129-1156. PDF.

21. Devault AM, McLoughlin K, Jaing C, Gardner S, Porter TM, Enk JM, Thissen J, Allen J, Borucki M, DeWitte SN, Dhody AN, and Poinar HN. 2014. Ancient pathogen DNA in archaeological samples detected with a Microbial Detection Array. Scientific Reports 4:4245. PDF.

20. Wagner DM, Klunk J, Harbeck M, Devault A, Waglechner N, Sahl JW, Enk J, Birdsell DN, Kuch M, Lumibao C, Poinar D, Pearson T, Fourment M, Golding B, Riehm JM, Earn DJD, DeWitte S, Rouillard J-M, Grupe G, Wiechmann I, Bliska JB, Keim PS, Scholz HC, Holmes EC, and Poinar H. 2014. Yersinia pestis and the Plague of Justinian: a genomic analysis. The Lancet Infectious Diseases doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70323-2. PDF.

19. DeWitte SN, Boulware JC, and Redfern RC. 2013. Medieval monastic mortality: hazard analysis of mortality differences between monastic and non-monastic cemeteries in England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 153:322-332. PDF.

18. DeWitte SN and Slavin P. 2013. Between Famine and Death: England on the Eve of the Black Death – Evidence from Paleoepidemiology and Manorial Accounts.  Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44:37-60.  PDF.

17. Bos K, Stevens P, Nieselt K, Poinar H, DeWitte SN, and Krause K. 2012. Yersinia pestis: New Evidence for an Old Infection. PLoS ONE 7:e49803. PDF.

16. DeWitte SN. 2012. Sex Differences in Periodontal Disease in Catastrophic and Attritional Assemblages from Medieval London. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149:405-416.  PDF.

15. DeWitte SN and Hughes-Morey G. 2012. Stature and frailty during the Black Death: the effect of stature on risks of epidemic mortality in London, A.D. 1348-1350. Journal of Archaeological Science 39:1412-1419PDF.

14. Jones EE, and DeWitte SN. 2012. Using Spatial Analysis to Estimate Depopulation Ratios for Native American Populations from Northeastern North America, AD 1616–1645. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31:83-92.  PDF

13. DeWitte SN and Bekvalac J. 2011. The association between periodontitis and periosteal lesions in the St. Mary Graces Cemetery, London, England A.D. 1350-1538. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146:609-618.  PDF

12. Bos KI, Schuenemann VJ, Golding GB, Burbano HA, Waglechner N, Coombes BK, McPhee JB, DeWitte SN, Myer M, Schmedes S, Wood J, Earn DJD, Herring DA, Bauer P, Poinar HN, and Krause J. 2011. A draft genome of Yersinia pestis from victims of the Black Death. Nature 478:506-510. PDF

11. Schuenemann VJ, Bos K, DeWitte S, Schmedes S, Jamieson J, Mittnik A, Forrest S, Coombes BK, Wood JW, Earn DJD, White W, Krause J, and Poinar HN. 2011. Targeted enrichment of ancient pathogens yielding the pPCP1 plasmid of Yersinia pestis from victims of the Black Death. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:E746-E752.  PDF

10. Redfern RC and DeWitte SN. 2011. Status and health in Roman Dorset: the effect of status on risk of mortality in post-Conquest populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146:197-208.  PDF

9. Redfern RC, and DeWitte SN. 2011. A new approach to the study of Romanization in Britain: a regional perspective of cultural change in late Iron Age and Roman Dorset using the Siler and Gompertz-Makeham models of mortality. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144:269-285.  PDF

8. DeWitte SN. 2010. Age patterns of mortality during the Black Death in London, A.D. 1349-1350. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:3394-3400. PDF

7. DeWitte SN. 2010. Sex differences in frailty in medieval England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143:285-297.  PDF

6. DeWitte SN and Bekvalac J. 2010.Oral health and frailty in the medieval English cemetery of St. Mary Graces. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142:341-354. (5th most accessed AJPA article in 2010).  PDF

5. DeWitte SN. 2009. The effect of sex on risk of mortality during the Black Death in London, A.D. 1349-1350. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139:222-234.  PDF

4. Gage TB, and DeWitte SN. 2009. What do we know about the agricultural demographic transition?  Current Anthropology 50:649-655.  PDF

3. DeWitte SN, and Wood JW. 2008. Selectivity of Black Death mortality with respect to pre-existing health. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:1436-1441.  PDF

2. Wood JW, Ferrell RJ, and DeWitte-Aviña SN. 2003. The temporal dynamics of the fourteenth-century Black Death: New evidence from English ecclesiastical records. Human Biology 75:427-448.  PDF

1. Wood JW, and DeWitte-Aviña SN. 2003. Was the Black Death yersinial plague?  The Lancet

Edited Volume:

1. Betsinger TK, and DeWitte SN (Eds). 2020. The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. New York, NY: Springer. Link.


14. DeWitte SN, Wang Z, and Kelmelis S. 2022. Plagues and pandemics. In Grauer A (Ed). Routledge Handbook of Paleopathology. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

13. DeWitte SN. 2022. Survival in the context of urbanization and environmental change in medieval and post-medieval London, England. In Jones L (Ed) Disease and the Environment in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. p. 184-205.

12. Bos K, and DeWitte SN. In press. Human resistance and the evolution of plague in Medieval Europe. Evolving Health: Palaeopathology and Evolutionary Medicine. Oxford University Press.

11.DeWitte SN, and Yaussy SL. 2020. Bioarchaeological applications of intersectionality. In Cheverko C, Prince-Buitenhuys J, and Hubbe M (Eds) Theoretical Approaches in Bioarchaeology. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. p. 45-58. Link.

10. DeWitte SN, and Betsinger TK. 2020. Introduction to the Bioarchaeology of Urbanization. In Betsinger TK, and DeWitte SN (Eds) The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. New York, NY: Springer. p 1-21.

9. Betsinger TK, DeWitte SN, Justus H, and Agnew AM. 2020. Frailty, survivorship, and stress in medieval Poland: A comparison of urban and rural populations. In Betsinger TK, and DeWitte SN (Eds) The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. New York, NY: Springer. p. 223-243.

8. Walter BS, DeWitte SN, Dupras T, and Beaumont J. 2020. Dietary variation in an urbanizing city: A temporal analysis of diet in late medieval London using stable isotope analysis. In Betsinger TK, and DeWitte SN (Eds) The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. New York, NY: Springer. p. 93-117.

7. DeWitte SN. 2020. Urban environments: demography, epidemiology, and the role of climate change in determining health outcomes. In Robbins Schug G (Ed) The Routledge handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Environmental Change. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Link.

6. DeWitte SN. 2019. Parsing the Paradox: Examining Heterogeneous Frailty in
Bioarchaeological Assemblages. In Willermet C and Lee S-H (Eds) Evaluating Evidence in Biological Anthropology: The Strange and Familiar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 126-145. Link.

5. Buikstra JE, and DeWitte SN. 2019. A brief history and 21st century challenges. In Buikstra JE(Ed) Ortner’s Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains 3e. Elsevier. p. 11-19. Link.

3. DeWitte SN. 2018. Misconceptions about the bioarchaeology of plague. In Buikstra JE (Ed) Bioarchaeologists Speak Out: Deep Time Perspectives on Contemporary Issues. New York, NY:Springer. p. 109-131. PDF.

3. DeWitte SN.  2017. Sex and frailty in medieval Europe: Patterns from catastrophic and    attritional assemblages. In S Agarwal and J Wesp (eds) Exploring Sex and Gender in Bioarchaeology Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. p. 189-222. PDF.

2. DeWitte SN. 2014. Modeling the second epidemiological transition in London: Patterns of mortality and frailty during industrialization. In M Zuckerman (ed) Modern Environments and Human Health: Revisiting the Second Epidemiologic Transition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley- Blackwell. p 35-54. PDF.

1.  Gage TB, DeWitte SN, and Wood JW. 2012. Demography: Mortality and Migration. In S Stinson and B Bogin (eds). Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective, 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. p. 695-755. PDF.

Non-Refereed Articles:

DeWitte SN. 2022. Old age isn’t a modern phenomenon – many people lived long enough to
grow old in the olden days, too. The Conversation. Link.

DeWitte SN. 2020. Social inequality in times of pandemics. Anthropology News 61:12-14. PDF.

DeWitte SN. 2008. Distribution of skeletal lesions within the East Smithfield Black Death cemetery. Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin 31:15-18.


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