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The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head – Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation - Florida Scholarship Online
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The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Michelle Bonogofsky


Featuring a wealth of case studies on human skulls recovered from ethnographic and archaeological contexts around the world, this book focuses on the question of whose skulls and heads were collected and modified and why, whether as ancestors or enemies, as insiders or outsiders, as males, females or children. This volume includes discussions of osteological examinations, visual descriptions, iconography, taphonomy, and DNA, x-ray and isotope analyses to determine, for example, whether the skulls belonged to ancestors or enemies, as local or non-local residents. Emphasizing social identity and ... More

Keywords: decapitation, deformation, modeled skulls, bioarchaeology, ancestors, enemies, insiders, outsiders, identity, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035567
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Bonogofsky, editor
University of California, Berkeley

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