Archaeology and Science

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Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to Bioarchaeology

Edited by Aubrey Baadsgaard
Edited by Alexis T. Boutin
Edited by Jane E. Buikstra

Taking cues from current theoretical perspectives and capitalizing on the strengths of new and sophisticated methods of analysis, Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death showcases the vibrancy of bioarchaeological research and its potential for bringing “new life” to the field of mortuary archaeology and the study of human remains. These new trajectories challenge old stereotypes, redefine the way research of human remains should be accomplished, and erase the divide that once separated osteologists from archaeologists. Through case studies ranging from body piercing in prehistoric Chile to Christian burials in early Medieval Ireland, the contributors to this book take a broad and deep look at themes including archaeologies of identity, the contemporary sociopolitical effects of bioarchaeological research, and materiality in the mortuary record.

Published By School for Advanced Research Press

6 x 9 in. 360 pages 31 figs., 6 maps, 20 tables