Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past through Bioarchaeology

Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past through Bioarchaeology

by Clark Spencer Larsen
     
 

"This book represents a unique and valuable contribution to public scientific education, to bridging the gaps in our society between 'science' and 'history', and most importantly, to illustrating just how fully the dead can tell the stories of their lives to us, the living."—Mary Lucas Powell, University of Kentucky

"If my ancient Greek ancestors, who

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"This book represents a unique and valuable contribution to public scientific education, to bridging the gaps in our society between 'science' and 'history', and most importantly, to illustrating just how fully the dead can tell the stories of their lives to us, the living."—Mary Lucas Powell, University of Kentucky

"If my ancient Greek ancestors, who defined the skeleton as 'withered' or 'dried up,' had read Clark Spencer Larsen's Skeletons in Our Closet, they would surely have reconsidered their description of the term. Larsen brings the bones of all our ancestors to life. His interpretation of bioarchaeology provides one of the best treatments of this important topic."—George Armelagos, Emory University

"Larsen uses easy-to-read language to examine how a bioarchaeologist goes about the business of sifting clues to the past from human skeletons—literally, the business of making the long dead tell us something about what life was like in the past."—M.J. O'Brien, University of Michigan

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ISBN-13:
9780691092843
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/11/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
765,094
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents


PREFACE ix

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv

INTRODUCTION Tales from the Dead: "What Bones Tell Us about Our Past, and Why We Should Know 3

CHAPTER 1 The Lives and Lifestyles of Ancient Hunter-Gatherers: "Poor, nasty, brutish and short" in the American Great Basin? 13

CHAPTER 2 Skeletons from Stillwater. Good Times and Bad Times 35

CHAPTER 3 From Foraging to Farming. A Regional Perspective 65

CHAPTER 4 Going Global: Bioarchaeology of the Foraging-to-Farming Transition 96

CHAPTER 5 Europeans Arrive: Circumstances and Settings for Native Population Collapse in the Americas 121

CHAPTER 6 Bioarchaeology of Population Decline and Extinction in Spanish Florida 145

CHAPTER 7 Sot-Weed to Sangamo: Life and Death in Frontier North America 179

Chapter 8 On to Sangamo Country: Colonizing the Midwest 203

Chapter 9 Life's Transitions: The Bioarchaelogical past 228

Index 237

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