Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton

Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton

by Clark Spencer Larsen

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Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton by Clark Spencer Larsen

Human remains recovered from archaeological sites can help us interpret lifetime events such as disease, physiological stress, injury and violent death, physical activity, tooth use, diet and demographic history of once-living populations. This is the first comprehensive synthesis of the emerging field of bioarchaeology. A central theme is the interaction between biology and behaviour, underscoring the dynamic nature of skeletal and dental tissues, and the influences of environment and culture on human biological variation. It emphasises research results and their interpretation, covering palaeopathology, physiological stress, skeletal and dental growth and structure, the processes of aging and biodistance. It will be a unique resource for students and researchers interested in biological and physical anthropology or archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107263734
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology , #21
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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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