Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521658348
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological Anthropology Series , #21
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 461
  • Sales rank: 512,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Stress and deprivation during the years of growth and development and adulthood 6
3 Exposure to infectious pathogens 64
4 Injury and violent death 109
5 Activity patterns: 1. Articular and muscular modifications 161
6 Activity patterns: 2. Structural adaptation 195
7 Masticatory and nonmasticatory functions: craniofacial adaptation 226
8 Isotopic and elemental signatures of diet and nutrition 270
9 Historical dimensions of skeletal variation: tracing genetic relationships 302
10 Changes and challenges in bioarchaeology 333
References 343
General index 432
Site index 459
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