The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology / Edition 1

The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology / Edition 1

by Joanna R. Sofaer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521521467

ISBN-13: 9780521521468

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Skeletal remains are a vital source of evidence for archaeologists. Their interpretation has tended to take two divergent forms: the scientific and the humanistic. In this innovative study, Joanna Sofaer Derevenski argues that these approaches are unnecessarily polarized and that one should not be pursued without the other. Exploring key themes such as sex, gender…  See more details below

Overview

Skeletal remains are a vital source of evidence for archaeologists. Their interpretation has tended to take two divergent forms: the scientific and the humanistic. In this innovative study, Joanna Sofaer Derevenski argues that these approaches are unnecessarily polarized and that one should not be pursued without the other. Exploring key themes such as sex, gender, life cycle and diet, she argues that the body is both biological object and cultural site and is not easily detached from the objects, practices and landscapes that surround it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521521468
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Topics in Contemporary Archaeology Series, #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1. Bodies and boundaries; 2. The body as an archaeological resource; 3. The body and convention in archaeological practice; 4. Material bodies; 5. Gender; 6. Age.

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