1st Edition

Theoretical Approaches in Bioarchaeology

    224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Theoretical Approaches in Bioarchaeology emphasizes how several different theoretical perspectives can be used to reconstruct the biocultural experiences of humans in the past.

    Over the past few decades, bioarchaeology has been transformed through methodological revisions, technological advances, and the inclusion of external theoretical frameworks from the social and natural sciences. These interdisciplinary perspectives became the backbone of bioarchaeology and strengthened the discipline’s ability to address questions about past biological and social dynamics. Consequently, how, why, and when to apply external theory to studies of past populations are central and timely questions tied to future developments of the discipline. This book facilitates ongoing dialogues about theoretical applications within the field and interdisciplinary connections between bioarchaeology, biological anthropology, and other disciplines. Each chapter highlights how a theoretical framework originating from a social or natural science connects to past and future bioarchaeological research.

    For scholars and archaeologists interested in the theoretical applications of bioarchaeology, this book will be an excellent resource.


    Agustin Fuentes

    Chapter 1 – Theory in Bioarchaeology: An Introduction

    Colleen M. Cheverko, Julia R. Prince-Buitenhuys, Mark Hubbe

    Chapter 2 – Embodying Bioarchaeology: Theory and Practice

    Sarah A. Schrader, Christina Torres-Rouff

    Chapter 3 – Gender

    Molly K. Zuckerman

    Chapter 4 – Bioarchaeological Applications of Intersectionality

    Sharon N. DeWitte, Samantha L. Yaussy

    Chapter 5 – Life Course Approaches and Life History Theory: Synergistic Perspectives for Bioarchaeology

    Colleen M. Cheverko

    Chapter 6 – Reconstructing Immune Competence in Skeletal Samples: A Theoretical and Methodological Approach

    Fabian Crespo

    Chapter 7 – Niche Construction Theory in Bioarchaeology

    Julia R. Prince-Buitenhuys, Eric J. Bartelink

    Chapter 8 – Live Through This: Developing a Sustainable Pathway for Resilience Theory in Bioarchaeological Research

    Danial H. Temple

    Chapter 9 – Structural Violence and Political Economy: Epistemological Considerations for Bioarchaeology

    Lisa N. Bright

    Chapter 10 – Making Silenced Voices Speak: Restoring Neglected and Ignored Identities in Anatomical Collections

    Carlina de la Cova

    Chapter 11 – Theoretical Approaches to Bioarchaeology: The View from Across the Pond

    Rebecca Gowland, Sacha Kacki

    Chapter 12 – Towards a Bioarchaeology beyond Nature and Culture: Potentials and Possibilities in Contemporary Theoretical Bioarchaeology

    Haagen D. Klaus


    Colleen M Cheverko earned her PhD in Anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2018 and was a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Merced from 2018–2020.  She is currently the Anatomical Sciences Lab Supervisor and Faculty at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Monroe, Louisiana. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, life history theory, and methodological and theoretical development.

    Julia R Prince-Buitenhuys is an archaeologist and environmental scientist at the California Department of Water Resources. She received her MAs in Anthropology from California State University, Chico and the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include stable isotope ecology, methodological development, and the application of theory to osteological research.

    Mark Hubbe is a Professor at the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University. His research covers diverse topics in biological anthropology, including the early human occupation of South America and the origin of social inequality among prehistoric societies from the South Central Andes.