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Stories from the Skeleton

Behavioral Reconstruction in Human Osteology

Robert Jurmain



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19 August 1999
Central theoretical issues regarding behavioural reconstruction in human osteological research are raised in this analytical volume. Because behavioural reconstructions have become increasingly common, especially with palaeopathology, this work seeks to review the scientific basis for such an approach. For example, osteological scenarios seeking to link the onset of skeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, dental disease, and trauma with specific behaviours in the past populations, are critically examined. Questions are also raised as to the scientific rigor of such hypotheses, the ethnohistoric evidence used to support them, and ultimately, the soundness of such claims. In addition, commentary is included that broadens the scope to include anthropology, and explains the utility of behavioural reconstructions in palaeoanthropology and the biocultural perspective as it is used in contemporary anthropology.
By:   Robert Jurmain
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   v.1.
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9789057005411
ISBN 10:   9057005417
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   19 August 1999
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Of science and stories; osteoarthritis - clinical and osteological approaches; osteoarthritis and activity - occupational and sports studies; osteoarthritis - anthropological interpretations; enthesophaties and other osteological indicators of activity; trauma; studies of bone geometry - the shape of things to come?; defining the limits of interpretation.

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