272 pages | 82 B/W Illus.
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.
List of Figures
List of Tables
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