The Archaeology of Medicine in the Greco-Roman World

The Archaeology of Medicine in the Greco-Roman World

by Patricia A. Baker


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This book teaches students and scholars of Greco-Roman medical history how to use and critically assess archaeological materials. Ancient medicine is a subject dominated by textual sources, yet there is a wealth of archaeological remains that can be used to broaden our understanding of medicine in the past. In order to use the information properly, this book explains how to ask questions of an archaeological nature, how to access different types of archaeological materials, and how to overcome problems the researcher might face. It also acts as an introduction to the archaeology of medicine for archaeologists interested in this aspect of their subject. Although the focus is on the Greco-Roman period, the methods and theories explained within the text can be applied to other periods in history. The areas covered include text as material culture, images, artifacts, spaces of medicine, and science and archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521194327
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2013
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Patricia A. Baker is Head of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent. She was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2006. She is an active field archaeologist and has participated in excavations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. She is currently working on a project in Monte San Martino ai Campo, Trentino, Italy, a multi-period site dating from the Iron Ages to the Middle Ages. She is author of Medical Care for the Roman Army on the Rhine, Danube and British Frontiers in the First, Second and Early Third Centuries AD and editor of Medicine and Space: Body, Buildings and Borders in the Classical and Medieval Traditions; Practitioners, Practices and Patients: New Approaches to Medical Archaeology and Anthropology; and TRAC 98: The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference Proceedings 1998.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Background to archaeological theories and methods; 3. Text as material culture; 4. Images; 5. Small finds; 6. Spaces of healing; 7. Scientific archaeology: skeletal and medical remains; 8. Conclusion.

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