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:

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of a middle-aged man from Ban Chiang, Thailand (1700-900 B.C.). Carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis from bone apatite and oxygen, carbon and strontium isotopes from tooth dentin, and archaeological context of the interment were used to reconstruct the life history of this individual. Dubbed “Vulcan” during excavations, this was a robust man, who died, possibly of a pulmonary infection, after a relatively long life of physical activity, including crafting metal or wood and hunting.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Ban Chiang; Isotope analysis; Craftsman; Bronze Age

Chapter.  5438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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