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Studies in Forensic Biohistory
Anthropological Perspectives

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

Christopher M. Stojanowski, William N. Duncan, Philippe Charlier, Richard Toon, Laurie Stone, Michael Pietrusewsky, Michele Toomay Douglas, Rona M. Ikehara-Quebral, Conrad Mac Goodwin, Karin S. Bruwelheide, Sandra S. Schlachtmeyer, Douglas W. Owsley, Vicki E. Simon, Arthur C. Aufderheide, Larry W. Cartmell, Stephan J. Swanson, Ryan M. Seidemann, Kenneth C. Nystrom, Shannon A. Novak, Laura Buti, Giorgio Gruppioni, Stefano Benazzi, Lyle W. Konigsberg, Lee Meadows Jantz, Sarah Wagner, Adam Rosenblatt, Claire Moon, Jane E. Buikstra
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107073548

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  • The lives of kings, poets, authors, criminals and celebrities are a perpetual fascination in the media and popular culture, and for decades anthropologists and other scientists have participated in 'post-mortem dissections' of the lives of historical figures. In this field of biohistory, researchers have identified and analyzed these figures' bodies using technologies such as DNA fingerprinting, biochemical assays, and skeletal biology. This book brings together biohistorical case studies for the first time, and considers the role of the anthropologist in the writing of historical narratives surrounding the deceased. Contributors theorize biohistory with respect to the sociology of the body, examining the ethical implications of biohistorical work and the diversity of social theoretical perspectives that researchers' work may relate to. The volume defines scales of biohistorical engagement, providing readers with a critical sense of scale and the different paths to 'historical notoriety' that can emerge with respect to human remains.

    • Brings together scholarship on a variety of biohistorical cases at different scales of historical significance, and includes a thorough synthesis of the biohistorical literature
    • Examines the ethical implications of biohistorical research, exploring questions about 'legitimate' research, permission, and the rights and interests of the deceased
    • Provides a reflexive look at the practice of forensic biohistory, critically analyzing methods and approaches used in a variety of cases
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    '… stimulating and expertly crafted … this volume is pathbreaking in several respects, not the least of which is its careful and provocative theoretical synthesis between bioarcheology and forensic anthropology. It will for years to come serve as a benchmark for these fields and like-minded biohistorical studies, stimulating further advances in theory building and anthropological problem-solving along with a better grasp of the elaborate relationships between past people and ourselves.' Haagen D. Klaus, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107073548
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 76 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    1. Defining an anthropological biohistorical research agenda: the history, scale, and scope of an emerging discipline Christopher M. Stojanowski and William N. Duncan
    2. Autopsy of past leaders: what remains tell us about them? Philippe Charlier
    3. Game of thrones: Richard III and the creation of cultural heritage Richard Toon and Laurie Stone
    4. The search for Don Francisco de Paula Marin: servant, friend, and advisor to King Kamehameha I, Kingdom of Hawaii Michael Pietrusewsky, Michele Toomay Douglas, Rona M. Ikehara-Quebral and Conrad Mac Goodwin
    5. Unearthing Robert Kennicott: naturalist, explorer, Smithsonian scientist Karin S. Bruwelheide, Sandra S. Schlachtmeyer, Douglas W. Owsley, Vicki E. Simon, Arthur C. Aufderheide, Larry W. Cartmell and Stephan J. Swanson
    6. The influence of the law on the post-mortem narratives of unknown human remains Ryan M. Seidemann
    7. The biohistory of prehistory: mummies and the forensic creation of identity Kenneth C. Nystrom
    8. Talking heads and other specters of the Mountain Meadows Massacre Shannon A. Novak
    9. Facial reconstruction of famous historical figures – between science and art Laura Buti, Giorgio Gruppioni and Stefano Benazzi
    10. The probabilistic basis for identifying individuals in biohistorical research Lyle W. Konigsberg and Lee Meadows Jantz
    11. Known unknowns: forensic science, the nation-state, and the iconic dead Sarah Wagner and Adam Rosenblatt
    12. The biohistory of atrocity and the social life of human remains Claire Moon
    13. Ethical issues in biohistory: NO easy answers! Jane E. Buikstra
    14. Theoretical facets of biohistorical research William N. Duncan and Christopher M. Stojanowski
    Index.

  • Editors

    Christopher M. Stojanowski, Arizona State University
    Christopher M. Stojanowski is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University. His bioarchaeological work focuses on dental anthropology, the colonial southeastern US, and early and middle Holocene North Africa and North America.

    William N. Duncan, East Tennessee State University
    William N. Duncan is an Associate Professor in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology at East Tennessee State University. His research focuses on Mesoamerican cultures and dental anthropology.

    Contributors

    Christopher M. Stojanowski, William N. Duncan, Philippe Charlier, Richard Toon, Laurie Stone, Michael Pietrusewsky, Michele Toomay Douglas, Rona M. Ikehara-Quebral, Conrad Mac Goodwin, Karin S. Bruwelheide, Sandra S. Schlachtmeyer, Douglas W. Owsley, Vicki E. Simon, Arthur C. Aufderheide, Larry W. Cartmell, Stephan J. Swanson, Ryan M. Seidemann, Kenneth C. Nystrom, Shannon A. Novak, Laura Buti, Giorgio Gruppioni, Stefano Benazzi, Lyle W. Konigsberg, Lee Meadows Jantz, Sarah Wagner, Adam Rosenblatt, Claire Moon, Jane E. Buikstra

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