Professor

Clark Spencer Larsen

The Ohio State University
Area
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specialty
Anthropology and Archaeology
Member Since
2020

Clark Larsen is a biological anthropologist who studies the history of human health and lifestyle over the past 10,000 years of prehistory and history, a period when diets shifted from those derived from hunting and gathering to farming.  His investigation of human skeletal remains recovered from archaeological contexts reveals the impacts of this near-global transition.  The fundamental alteration in foods produced and consumed emphasizing domesticated plant carbohydrates, coupled with increasing population size and concentration in densely crowded, sedentary communities,  provided the circumstances for fundamental lifestyle changes and health challenges.  Some of these challenges include the spread of long-present and newly-emerging infectious diseases prevalent in the world today.  








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