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Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton

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By: Clark Spencer Larsen(Author)
461 pages, 45 b/w photos, 26 illustrations, 16 tables
Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton
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  • Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton ISBN: 9780521658348 Edition: 1 Paperback May 1999 Out of Print #85727
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About this book

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.


1. Introduction
2. Stress and deprivation during the years of growth and development and adulthood
3. Exposure to infectious pathogens
4. Injury and violent death
5. Activity patterns: Part I. Articular and Muscular Modifications
6. Activity patterns: Part II. Structural Adaptation
7. Masticatory and nonmasticatory functions: craniofacial adaptations
8. Isotopic and elemental signatures of diet and nutrition
9. Historical dimensions of skeletal variation: tracking genetic relationships
10. Changes and challenges in bioarchaeology


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Out of Print
By: Clark Spencer Larsen(Author)
461 pages, 45 b/w photos, 26 illustrations, 16 tables
Media reviews

"Bioarchaeology is a valuable addition to the Cambridge Studies in Biological Anthropology series. This book presents a refreshing and positive view of the value of skeletal and dental research. Bioarchaeology provides a comprehensive reference resource for biological anthropologists, archaeologists and a wide audience concerned with the biology and behaviour of our ancestors."
- C. A. Marlow, Annals of Human Biology

"All those who study skeletal remains with the aim of reconstruction modes and conditions of living in historical human communities will gain a lot from this extremely useful and inspiring book [...] ."
- H. Schutkowski, Referate

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