Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton, 2nd Edition

  • Clark Spencer Larsen
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  • ISBN-10: 1316235807
  • ISBN-13: 9781316235805
  • DDC: 930.1
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 654 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Now including numerous full color figures, this updated and revised edition provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of bioarchaeology. Reflecting the enormous advances made in the field over the past twenty years, the author examines how this discipline has matured and evolved in fundamental ways. Jargon free and richly illustrated, the text is accompanied by copious case studies and references to underscore the central role that human remains play in the interpretation of life events and conditions of past and modern cultures. From the origins and spread of infectious disease to the consequences of decisions made by humans with regard to the kinds of foods produced, and their nutritional, health and behavioral outcomes. With local, regional, and global perspectives, this up-to-date text provides a solid foundation for all those working in the field.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton.
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface to The Second Edition.
Preface to The First Edition.
1: Stress and Deprivation During Growth and Development and Adulthood.
2: Exposure to Infectious Pathogens.
3: Injury and Violence.
4: Activity Patterns: 1. Articular Degenerative Conditions and Musculoskeletal Modifications.
5: Activity Patterns: 2. Structural Adaptation.
6: Masticatory and Nonmasticatory Functions: Craniofacial Adaptation to Mechanical Loading.
7: Isotopic and Elemental Signatures of Diet, Nutrition, and Life History.
8: Biological Distance and Historical Dimensions of Skeletal Variation.
9: Bioarchaeological Paleodemography: Interpreting Age-At-Death Structures.
10: Bioarchaeology: Skeletons in Context.
Color Plates.