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Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past Through Bioarchaeology

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Titel: Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past Through Bioarchaeology
Autor/en: Clark Spencer Larsen

ISBN: 0691092842
EAN: 9780691092843
Sprache: Englisch.

März 2002 - kartoniert - 272 Seiten

The dead tell no tales. Or do they? In this fascinating book, Clark Spencer Larsen shows that the dead can speak to us -- about their lives, and ours -- through the remarkable insights of bioarchaeology, which reconstructs the lives and lifestyles of past peoples based on the study of skeletal remains. The human skeleton is an amazing storehouse of information. It records the circumstances of our growth and development as reflected in factors such as disease, stress, diet, nutrition, climate, activity, and injury. Bioarchaeologists, by combining the methods of forensic science and archaeology, along with the resources of many other disciplines (including chemistry, geology, physics, and biology), "read" the information stored in bones to understand what life was really like for our human ancestors. Written in a lively and engaging manner, this book is for anyone interested in what the dead have to tell us about the living.
PREFACE ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv INTRODUCTION Tales from the Dead: "What Bones Tell Us about Our Past, and Why We Should Know 3 CHAPTER 1 The Lives and Lifestyles of Ancient Hunter-Gatherers: "Poor, nasty, brutish and short" in the American Great Basin? 13 CHAPTER 2 Skeletons from Stillwater. Good Times and Bad Times 35 CHAPTER 3 From Foraging to Farming. A Regional Perspective 65 CHAPTER 4 Going Global: Bioarchaeology of the Foraging-to-Farming Transition 96 CHAPTER 5 Europeans Arrive: Circumstances and Settings for Native Population Collapse in the Americas 121 CHAPTER 6 Bioarchaeology of Population Decline and Extinction in Spanish Florida 145 CHAPTER 7 Sot-Weed to Sangamo: Life and Death in Frontier North America 179 Chapter 8 On to Sangamo Country: Colonizing the Midwest 203 Chapter 9 Life's Transitions: The Bioarchaelogical past 228 Index 237
Clark Spencer Larsen is the chair of the Department of Anthropology and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ohio State University. He is a former president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and is currently Editor in Chief of the American journal of Physical Anthropology. He is the author of Bioarcheology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton.
"In great detail, [Larsen] demonstrates how a competent expert may read an enormous amount from the subtle patterns present on bones... There is much in [the book] to provoke debate."--Publishers Weekly "Osteo-archaeology has certainly developed an impressive array of scientific tests that can be used to identify physical and biological stresses that is turn reflect lifestyle. Larsen goes into great detail to explain these methods and show how they can be used. His major theme and concern is the transition from a hunter-gatherer to a farming lifestyle some 10,000 years ago."--Hedley Swain, The Times Higher Education Supplement "The dead speak in Clark Spencer Larsen's new book. Chattering through worn teeth, gesturing with ossified limbs, theirs is the testimony of articulated bones... Larsen shows how he and other researchers in the emerging field of bioarchaeology have used skeletal evidence to challenge the tradition of equating the rise of agriculture with the betterment of the human condition."--Nina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of Higher Education
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