Paleodemography: Age Distributions from Skeletal Samples / Edition 1

Paleodemography: Age Distributions from Skeletal Samples / Edition 1

by Robert D. Hoppa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521800633

ISBN-13: 9780521800631

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, physical anthropologists, mathematical demographers, and statisticians tackle methodological issues for reconstructing demographic structure for skeletal samples. Topics discussed include how skeletal morphology is linked to chronological age, assessment of age from the skeleton, demographic models of mortality and their interpretation, and

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In this book, physical anthropologists, mathematical demographers, and statisticians tackle methodological issues for reconstructing demographic structure for skeletal samples. Topics discussed include how skeletal morphology is linked to chronological age, assessment of age from the skeleton, demographic models of mortality and their interpretation, and biostatistical approaches to age structure estimation from archaeological samples. This work will be of immense importance to anyone interested in paleodemography, including biological and physical anthropologists, demographers, geographers, evolutionary biologists, and statisticians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521800631
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #31
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
1The Rostock Manifesto for paleodemography: the way from stage to age1
2Paleodemography: looking back and thinking ahead9
3Reference samples: the first step in linking biology and age in the human skeleton29
4Aging through the ages: historical perspectives on age indicator methods48
5Transition analysis: a new method for estimating age from skeletons73
6Age estimation by tooth cementum annulation: perspectives of a new validation study107
7Mortality models for paleodemography129
8Linking age-at-death distributions and ancient population dynamics: a case study169
9A solution to the problem of obtaining a mortality schedule for paleodemographic data181
10Estimating age-at-death distributions from skeletal samples: a multivariate latent-trait approach193
11Markov chain Monte Carlo estimation of hazard model parameters in paleodemography222
12A re-examination of the age-at-death distribution of Indian Knoll243
Index258

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