Osteobiography and Bioarchaeology

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI:
Osteobiography and Bioarchaeology

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The introductory chapter to the volume The Bioarchaeology of Individuals situates the work in the past several decades of methodological and theoretical development of the role of skeletal remains in reconstructing the biological and social history of the human species. The authors advocate that the study of individual lives in the past, through well-crafted and contextualized osteobiography, is an essential and enriching part of bioarchaeology and that the study of individuals is a necessary complement to the population-level research that dominated the first decades of bioarchaeology as a distinct field.

Keywords: Bioarchaeology; Osteobiography; Life course studies; Peopling the past; New archaeology; Processualist archaeology; Mortuary ritual

Chapter.  3387 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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