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Between Biology and Culture
     

Between Biology and Culture

by Holger Schutkowski
 

ISBN-10: 0521859360

ISBN-13: 9780521859363

Pub. Date: 11/10/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Humans adapt to their environment through a unique amalgamation of culture and biology. Both are intrinsic to our existence and constitute the dual aspect of human nature. This book addresses topics and themes exploring this close inter-relationship by presenting principles and applications of scientific approaches to human remains. Their appreciation within a human

Overview

Humans adapt to their environment through a unique amalgamation of culture and biology. Both are intrinsic to our existence and constitute the dual aspect of human nature. This book addresses topics and themes exploring this close inter-relationship by presenting principles and applications of scientific approaches to human remains. Their appreciation within a human ecological context, incorporating conditions of the natural environment as well as cultural, social and political circumstances of the past, provides the framework for the detection and interpretation of our biocultural identity. Written for academic researchers and students alike, Between Biology and Culture assembles chapters that encompass topics from taphonomy to individual life histories, from seasonality to food, from well-being to disease, from genetics to mobility, and from body theory to forensic individualization. In doing so, the contributions probe the potential of skeletal analysis to look beyond the face value of observations and to detect the biological outcomes of cultural strategies encoded in human remains.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521859363
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/10/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #56
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors vii

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xi

1 Introduction Holger Schutkowski 1

2 Historic dimensions to the biological study of human populations Don Brothwell 12

3 Forensic anthropology serving justice Sue Black 39

4 Biology and culture: assessing the quality of life Richard H. Steckel 67

5 Ecology, culture and disease in past human populations Donald J. Ortner Holger Schutkowski 105

6 The fossil evidence of seasonality and environmental change Gabriele A. Macho 129

7 Thoughts for food: evidence and meaning of past dietary habits Holger Schutkowski 141

8 Ancient proteins: what remains to be detected? M. J. Collins E. Cappellini M. Buckley K. E. H. Penkman R. C. Griffin H. E. C. Koon 165

9 Enamel traces of early lifetime events Louise T. Humphrey 186

10 Using DNA to investigate the human past Beth Shapiro M. Thomas P. Gilbert Ian Barnes 207

11 Isotopes and human migration: case studies in biogeochemistry T. Douglas Price 243

12 From bodies to bones and back: theory and human bioarchaeology Kirsi Lorentz 273

Index 304

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