Bioarchaeological Analyses and Bodies features bioarchaeological research that interrogates the human skeleton in concert with material culture, ethnographic data and archival research. This approach provides examples of how these intersections of inquiry can be used to consider the larger social and political contexts in which people lived and the manner in which they died.
Bioarchaeologists are in a unique position to develop rich interpretations of the lived experiences of skeletonized individuals. Using their skills in multiple contexts, bioarchaeologists are also situated to consider the ethical nature and inherent humanity of the research collections that have been used because they represent deceased for whom there are records identifying them.
These collections have been the basis for generating basic information regarding the human skeletal transcript. Ironically though, these collections themselves have not been studied with the same degree of understanding and interpretation that is applied to archaeological collections.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I - Anatomical (Medical) Collections
Chapter 2: "Whatever was once associated with him, continues to bear his stamp": Articulating and Dissecting George S. Huntington and His Anatomical Collection
Chapter 3: Anatomical collections as the Anthropological Other: Some Considerations
Chapter 4: More Than the Sum Total of Their Parts: Restoring Identity by Recombining a Skeletal Collection with its Texts
Chapter 5: At the Intersections of Race, Poverty, Gender, and Science: A Museum Mortuary for 20th century Fetuses and Infants
Chapter 6: Recovering the Lived Body from Bodies of Evidence: Interrogation of Diagnostic Criteria and Parameters for Disease Ecology Reconstructed from Skeletons within Anatomical and Medical Anatomical Collections
Part II - Archaeological Collections
Chapter 7: Lives Lost: What Burial Vault Studies Reveal about Eighteenth-Century Identities
Chapter 8: 'A Mass of Crooked Alphabets': The Construction and Othering of Working Class Bodies in Industrial England
Chapter 9: From Womb to Tomb? Disrupting the Narrative of the Reproductive Female Body
Chapter 10: Mother, Laborer, Captive, and Leader: Reassessing the Various Roles that Females Held Among the Ancestral Pueblo in the American Southwest
Chapter 11: A Skull's Tale: From Middle Bronze Age Subject to Teaching Collection "Object"
Conclusion: Challenging the narrative