Current Research: Oral health in prehistory (chronicling changes in diet, health status, and economic change from hunting and collecting to intense agriculturalist food procurement strategies) with Dr T K Betsinger (SUNY at Oneonta); paleopathology of Late Woodland osteological samples from West-Central Illinois; intergroup violence in the Late Woodland to late Mississippian periods in East Tennessee.
Smith, M.O. 2015. Contextualizing the Precolumbian Postmortem "Life‟ of Modified Human Remains. in: Transforming the Dead: Culturally Modified Bone in the Prehistoric Midwest. S.J. Schermer, R.M. Lillie, E.A. Hargrave, and K.M. Hedman (Eds). University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, pp 360-411.
Smith, M.O. 2012. Paleopathology (Chapter 7). in: Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology . E. DiGangi, M. Moore (Eds),. Academic Press, New York. pp 181-217.
Powell, M.L., Sandford, M.K., Bogdan, G., Weaver, D.S., Smith, M.O., Cook, D.C. 2005. Treponemal Disease Before 1000 BC? The Skeletal Evidence. in: The Myth of Syphilis: the Natural History of Treponemal Disease in North America. M.L. Powell, D.C. Cook (Eds), University of Florida Press, Gainesville. pp 418-441.
Betsinger, T.K., Smith, M.O. 2017. Regional Differences in Caries by Sex and Social Status in Late Prehistoric East Tennessee (Chapter 8). in: Bioarchaeology of the Southeast: Bridging Bones and Behaviors. S. Hodge, Shuler, K. (Eds). University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. (in press)
Smith, M.O., Kurtenbach, K.J., Vermaat, J.C. 2016. Linear Enamel Hypoplasia in Schroeder Mounds (11HE177): A Late Woodland Period Site in Illinois. International Journal of Paleopathology, 14:10-23.
Mosher, G.M., Smith, M.O., Albrecht, J.L., Salaka, V.P. 2013. Treponemal disease, tuberculosis and subsistence-settlement pattern in the Late Woodland Period West-Central Illinois. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2344
Smith, M.O., Betsinger, T.K. 2013. Subsistence and Settlement Correlates of Treponemal Disease: Temporal Patterns in Pre-Columbian East Tennesee. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2357
Smith, M.O., Dorsz, J.R., Betsinger, T.K. 2013. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in pre-Columbian North America: Evidence from the eastern Tennessee River Valley. International Journal of Paleopathology. 3(1): 11-18.
Smith, M.O., Wojcinski, M.C. 2012. Anomalous double-crowned primary teeth from Pre-Columbian Tennessee: a meta-analysis of hunter-gatherer and agriculturalist samples. International Journal of Paleopathology. 1:173-183.
Neidich, D.L., Smith, M.O. 2016. Major questions about teres minor: the pattern of reactive changes in a Precolumbian human skeletal sample from Illinois. Field Notes: A Collegiate Journal of Anthropology 8:70-85.
Nicosia, C., Dorsz, J.R., Smith, M.O. 2016. Subadult Growth Stunting at Schroeder Mounds (11He177): A Late Woodland Sample from Illinois. Field Notes: A Journal of Collegiate Anthropology, 8:104-121.
Betsinger, T.K., Harle, M., Smith, M.O. 2016. Perinates in the Past: Insights of Fetal Identity from Mortuary Analysis. Podium (symposium) presentation at the World Archaeological Congress, Tokyo, Japan.
Nicosia, C.E., Smith, M.O. 2016. Unicameral cyst of the calcaneus in a Late Woodland period subadult. Poster presented at the annual ASU Anthropology Student Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Smith, Maria O. 2016. Disturbing the massacred dead: clues to Archaic Period socio-politics. Poster (symposium) presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia.
Bauerle, M. C., Smith, M. O. 2015. Oral Health of the Middle and Late Woodland in the Mississippi River Valley of Illinois. Poster presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, annual meetings, St. Louis, Mo.
Betsinger, T.K., Smith, M.O. 2015. Are fetuses people, too? Insights from mortuary context of perinatal remains in Late Mississippian East Tennessee. Paper presented at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Boncal, S.A., Smith, M.O. 2015. Cervical Pathologies and a Case Study from the Schroeder Mounds Site of Woodland Period Illinois. Podium presentation, Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Coad, M.K., Bauerle, M., Smith M.O. 2015. Analysis of dental pathologies from the Late Woodland osteological sample from Schroeder Mounds. Poster presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, annual meetings, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Smith, M.O., Betsinger, T.K. 2015. Oral health and young female mortality: a meta-analysis of Mississippian Period Samples from East Tennessee. Podium presentation at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Bauerle, M.C., Smith M.O. 2014. Patterns of Caries in the Middle and Late Woodland of the Mississippi River Valley: An Oral Health Analysis of the Albany and Kuhlman Mound Groups. Paper presented at the Midwest Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association, annual meetings. Allendale, Michigan.