1989 (R. S. Corruccini, E. Brandon, and J. S. Handler) “Inferring Fertility from Relative Mortality in Historically Controlled Cemetery Remains from Barbados.” American Antiquity 54: 609-14
Fertility (crude birth rate) was estimated from skeletal and corresponding historical relative mortality ratios for a seventeenth- to eighteenth-century Barbados slave population. The estimates varied widely among themselves according to which data source and mortality ratio was used; they also varied from the actual historical fertility rate. In addition, we have raised logical objections to the use of stable model life tables for inferring nonstable vital rates in archaeological populations. These points are problematic for the broad use of relative mortality to infer relative fertility.