Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton / Edition 1

Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton / Edition 1

by Clark Spencer Larsen
ISBN-10:
0521658349
ISBN-13:
9780521658348
Pub. Date:
05/28/1999
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9780521658348
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #21
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 461
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Stress and deprivation during growth and development and adulthood; 3. Exposure to infectious pathogens; 4. Injury and violence; 5. Activity patterns 1: articular degenerative conditions and musculo-skeletal modifications; 6. Activity patterns 2: structural adaptation; 7. Masticatory and nonmasticatory functions: craniofacial adaptation to mechanical loading; 8. Isotopic and elemental signatures of diet, nutrition, and life history; 9. Biological distance and historical dimensions of skeletal variation; 10. Bioarchaeological paleodemography: interpreting age-at-death structures; 11. Bioarchaeology: skeletons in context; 12. References; Index.

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