Between Biology and Culture

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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.
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Holger Schutkowski is a Reader in Biological Anthropology in the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Holger Schutkowski Schutkowski, Holger 1
2 Historic dimensions to the biological study of human populations Don Brothwell Brothwell, Don 12
3 Forensic anthropology serving justice Sue Black Black, Sue 39
4 Biology and culture : assessing the quality of life Richard H. Steckel Steckel, Richard H. 67
5 Ecology, culture and disease in past human populations Donald J. Ortner Ortner, Donald J. Holger Schutkowski Schutkowski, Holger 105
6 The fossil evidence of seasonality and environmental change Gabriele A. Macho Macho, Gabriele A. 129
7 Thoughts for food : evidence and meaning of past dietary habits Holger Schutkowski Schutkowski, Holger 141
8 Ancient proteins : what remains to be detected? M. J. Collins Collins, M. J. E. Cappellini Cappellini, E. M. Buckley Buckley, M. K. E. H. Penkman Penkman, K. E. H. R. C. Griffin Griffin, R. C. H. E. C. Koon Koon, H. E. C. 165
9 Enamel traces of early lifetime events Louise T. Humphrey Humphrey, Louise T. 186
10 Using DNA to investigate the human past Beth Shapiro Shapiro, Beth M. Thomas P. Gilbert Gilbert, M. Thomas P. Ian Barnes Barnes, Ian 207
11 Isotopes and human migration : case studies in biogeochemistry T. Douglas Price Price, T. Douglas 243
12 From bodies to bones and back : theory and human bioarchaeology Kirsi Lorentz Lorentz, Kirsi 273 Index 304
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