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.
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19 August 1999
A / AS level
Further / Higher Education
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.