Human Remains in Archaeology

Human Remains in Archaeology

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With reburial and repatriation very much a current focus of debate, this new handbook presents a hugely useful and stimulating overview of just how much we can learn from the study of human remains. The book kicks off with a balanced summary of the legal framework and ethical concerns regarding the excavation and display of human remains, which emphasises public interest in skeletal remains, as well as the need for their respectful treatment. Sections follow on the context of skeletal remains and their excavation - past funerary beliefs and traditions, and best practice in excavating recording and conserving remains. The bulk of the book however is given over to analysis - the techniques for identifying age and sex, dating, the examination of health diet and disease, and the compilation of data to analyse past populations and create demographic surveys. A concluding section on the future of bioarchaeology calls for greater dialogue with archaeologists on reburial issues, but remains overwhelmingly upbeat - q[Bioarchaeology] has emerged phoenix-like from the ashes over the last twenty years and looks set to become a major part of both academic and contract archaeologyq.... care centre A Appear F Fuse Figure 66 (above): Example of epiphyseal fusion sequence for the femur (redrawn by Yvonne ... (right) shows no epiphyseal fusion (with permission of Tina Jakob) the diagram of adult and non-adult femurs, and the ... Epiphyseal fusion in the skeleton starts around 11-12 years of age (elbow) and ends with fusion at the knee between 17 and 19 years of age (Lewis 2007).


Title:Human Remains in Archaeology
Author: Charlotte A. Roberts
Publisher:Council for British Archeology - 2009
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