Osteoarchaeology: A Guide To The Macroscopic Study Of Human Skeletal Remains

Hardcover | February 13, 2017

byEfthymia Nikita

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The study of human skeletal remains is an integral part of archaeological research and provides insights to past demography, mobility, health and disease, activity patterns, and other aspects of life. Osteoarchaeology: A Guide to the Macroscopic Study of Human Skeletal Remains covers the identification of bones and teeth, taphonomy, sex and ancestry assessment, age estimation, the analysis of biodistances, growth patterns and activity markers, as well as paleopathology. The aim of this text is to familiarize the reader with the main applications of osteoarchaeology and provide the necessary knowledge required for the implementation of a broad range of osteological methods. Osteoarchaeology: A Guide to the Macroscopic Study of Human Skeletal Remains aims at complementing existing textbooks used in upper level undergraduate and graduate courses on osteoarchaeology, human osteology, and, to some extent, forensic anthropology. The book is also addressed to professional osteologists who are interested in learning how to apply advanced macroscopic methods. Pedagogical features include ample illustrations, case study material, revision exercises, and a glossary. Additional features comprise macros that facilitate data processing and analysis, as well as an extensive chapter on applied statistics. Coverage of nearly every aspect of human osteological macroscopic analysis Detailed descriptions of the application of different methods Online resources: *Macros designed by the author for a the calculation of the number of individuals in commingled assemblages, b processing cranial landmarks and nonmetric traits, c the calculation of biodistances and their statistical significance, d the estimation of stature and body mass, e the creation of artificial datasets for further practice or research, and f statistical analysis *Detailed manual for the online macros *Glossary *Sample data *Review exercises

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The study of human skeletal remains is an integral part of archaeological research and provides insights to past demography, mobility, health and disease, activity patterns, and other aspects of life. Osteoarchaeology: A Guide to the Macroscopic Study of Human Skeletal Remains covers the identification of bones and teeth, taphonomy, se...

Dr Efthymia Nikita is an Assistant Professor at the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center, The Cyprus Institute, in Nicosia. She is a bioarchaeologist with an undergraduate degree in Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and a PhD in Biological Anthropology (University of Cambridge). Her research aligns wit...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 13, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128040211

ISBN - 13:9780128040218

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Table of Contents

1. The Human Skeleton 2. Taphonomy 3. Sex and Ancestry Assessment 4. Age Estimation 5. Biological Distance 6. Growth Patterns 7. Activity Patterns 8. Pathological Conditions 9. Statistical Methods in Human Osteology