Introduction Bioarchaeology and the Study of Violence

Debra L. Martin, Ryan P. Harrod and Ventura R. Pérez

in The Bioarchaeology of Violence

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041506
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043876 | DOI:
Introduction Bioarchaeology and the Study of Violence

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The introduction by Martin, Harrod, and Pérez provides an overview of the methods and theories used in bioarchaeological studies. The biological and cultural signatures of violence are reviewed. A synopsis of each chapter is provided that highlights the ways that violence is part of everyday life and its functions within the societies. Violence in this context is seen as solving problems that the groups perceive that they have. Small-scale conflicts may arise over resources, but the conflicts can also be seen as more complex ways that groups maintain their ideological beliefs. Ritual violence can often be interpreted as a way to bring people together around key cosmological or ideological beliefs that reinforce the identity of the group.

Keywords: Bioarchaeology; Ancient violence

Chapter.  3737 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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