Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton / Edition 1

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Bioarchaeology is the study of human remains from archaeological sites. Human bones and teeth provide a huge amount of information about the health and lifestyle of past populations. These tissues record a cumulative history of disease, physiological stress, trauma, activity patterns, diet, nutrition, and many other factors that constitute the life history of both the individual and population. This is the first comprehensive synthesis of the subject and will be an indispensible reference for all those interested in biological anthropology and archaeology.
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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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Clark Spencer Larsen is the Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His research is primarily focussed on biocultural adaptation in the last 10,000 years of human evolution, with particular emphasis on the history of health, well-being, and lifestyle. He collaborates internationally in the study of ancient skeletons in order to track health changes since the late Paleolithic. He is the author of 200 scientific articles and has authored or edited 30 books and monographs.
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Table of Contents

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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