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Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton


Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658348


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  • Human remains recovered from archaeological sites can help us interpret lifetime events such as disease, physiological stress, injury and violent death, physical activity, tooth use, diet, and demographic history of once-living populations. This is the first comprehensive synthesis of the emerging field of bioarchaeology. A central theme is the interaction between biology and behavior, underscoring the dynamic nature of skeletal and dental tissues, and the influences of environment and culture on human biological variation. It emphasizes research results and their interpretation, covering palaeopathology, physiological stress, skeletal and dental growth and structure, and the processes of aging and biodistance. It will be a unique resource for students and researchers interested in biological and physical anthropology or archaeology.

    • Paperback edition of first comprehensive review of bioarchaeology available
    • Discusses state of the art research and emphasises the link between biology and behaviour
    • Extensive bibliography
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    "...informative, educational, and well-written synthesis of current information in the field of bioarchaeology. This volume, which represents to my knowledge one of the only comprehensive syntheses of bioarcheaological methods, techniques, and theory, will be useful both as a standard reference for professionals and as a textbook in advanced courses in bioarchaeology and the interpretation of human skeletal remains...this work is a valuable addition to the libraries of skeletal biologists, archaeologists and bioarchaeologists, paleopathologists, and others interested in studying human remains from archaeological contexts with a bio-cultural perspective. Students will find the text relatively easy to read and comprehend, and will appreciate the emphasis on case studies in understanding the techniques, methods, and theories. Professionals will appreciate the extensive literature reviews Larsen incorporates into the text."-Elizabeth Miller, Society for Archaeological Sciences

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658348
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.774kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Stress and deprivation during the years of growth and development and adulthood
    3. Exposure to infectious pathogens
    4. Injury and violent death
    5. Activity patterns: Part I. Articular and Muscular Modifications:
    6. Activity patterns
    Part II. Structural Adaptation:
    7. Masticatory and nonmasticatory functions: craniofacial adaptations
    8. Isotopic and elemental signatures of diet and nutrition
    9. Historical dimensions of skeletal variation: tracking genetic relationships
    10. Changes and challenges in bioarchaeology

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Author

    Clark Spencer Larsen, Ohio State University

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