New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece

New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece

ISBN-10:
0876615434
ISBN-13:
9780876615430
Pub. Date:
04/06/2009
Publisher:
American School of Classical Studies at Athens

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New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main issue with this book is that it does not deliver what it promises: those familiar with Greek bioarchaeology and funerary studies will feel that the book covers areas already explored and not any "new directions". This is mainly due to the editors' and publishers' questionable criteria of paper selection and their interventions in the form of the submitted papers, photos and bibliography. On the other hand, Buikstra and Lagia, with their chapter "Bioarchaeological Approaches to Aegean Archaeology" (p.7) do try to deliver an overview of the "new directions" the book promises. They mention the names and the works of many scholars, including the interdisciplinary work of Little, Triantaphyllou, Tritsaroli, Tsaliki, Karali and Nafplioti. Why these scholars have been left out this volume then? Shouldn't this volume be inclusive and truly bioarchaeological, instead of devoting so many chapters in purely biological studies? And why is the emphasis of "Skeletal Biology" only on human bones? In brief, although some of the papers are interesting and a recommended reading, the book as a concept and a finished product has many shortcomings, which cannot be analysed in detail in this short review, and it simply does not deliver.