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Biological Anthropology and the Study of Ancient Egypt

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Edited By: V Davies and R Walker

228 pages, 53 b/w illus, 70 line drawings

British Museum Press

Paperback | Dec 1993 | #27754 | ISBN: 0714109673
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About this book

Considers the great potential of bioanthropology in the study of ancient civilisations, and is based on papers presented at a major international colloquium in 1990 by over 20 experts in the field.


Contents

Paleopathology as science - the contribution of Egyptology; health in Pharaonic Egypt; what diseases plagued Ancient Egyptians?; predynastic schistosomiasis; dental anthropology of the Nile Valley; histological studies of ancient tooth surfaces; a molecular approach to the study of Ancient Egypt; analysis of retrovirus sequences in a circa 5300-years-old Egyptian mummy; DNA obtained via PCR amplification and molecular cloning; the extraction and isolation of DNA from archaeological bone; King Djedkare Isesi and his daughters; the correlation of skeletal remains and burial goods - an example from Naga-ed-Der N 7000; cranial injuries in the Guanche population of Tenerife - a biocultural interpretation; the Nubian pathology collection in the Natural History Museum, London; a historical flora of Egypt - a preliminary survey; Ancient Egyptian bread and beer, an interdisciplinary approach; recent archaeobotanical research at the site of Memphis; the archaeozoology of Kerma (Sudan); aspects of current archaeozoological research at the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis; possible future directions of a bio-anthropology of Ancient Egypt.

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