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An Introduction to the Archaeology and Anthropology of the Dead

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ISBN 9781138481060
October 27, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages - 82 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bioarchaeology covers the history and general theory of the field plus the recovery and laboratory treatment of human remains.

Bioarchaeology is the study of human remains in context from an archaeological and anthropological perspective. The book explores, through numerous case studies, how a society deals with their dead can reveal a great deal about that society, including religion, political, economic, and social organizations. It details recovery methods and how, once recovered, human remains can be analysed to reveal details about the funerary system of the subject society and inform on a variety of other issues, such as health, demography, disease, workloads, mobility, sex and gender, and migration. Finally, the book highlights how bioarchaeological techniques can be used in contemporary forensic settings and in the investigations of genocide and war crimes.

In Bioarchaeology, theories, principles and scientific techniques are laid out in a clear, understandable way and students of archaeology at undergraduate and graduate levels will find this an excellent guide to the field.

Table of Contents



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Chapter 1: The Discipline of Bioarchaeology

Chapter 2: Discovery and Recovery

Chapter 3: In the Laboratory: Description and Basic Analysis of Human Remains

Chapter 4: Treating the Dead: The Funerary System

Chapter 5: Paleopathology I: Metabolic, Nutritional, and Occupational Stress

Chapter 6: Paleopathology II: Disease and Abnormalities

Chapter 7: Trauma

Chapter 8: Specialized Studies

Chapter 9: Interpretive Theory and Data Integration

Chapter 10: Lives Once Lived: The Anthropology of the Dead

Chapter 11: Contemporary Application: Forensic Anthropology




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Mark Q. Sutton received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside in 1987. He taught at California State University, Bakersfield from 1987 to 2007 where he retired as Emeritus Professor of Anthropology. He now teaches at the University of San Diego. Dr. Sutton has worked with a variety of human remains in western North America and has published more than 220 books, monographs, articles, and reviews in archaeology.