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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich


This book is a compilation of osteobiographies: life histories of individuals whose remains were recovered from archaeological sites all over the world. The essays include contributions by some forty individuals and provide richly textured accounts of life in the past and of the process of bioarchaeological inquiry. Skeletal and dental analysis is augmented by information from oral history and legends, sagas, ethnography and ethnohistory, ancient DNA, bone chemistry, and the abundance of the archaeological record-all carefully woven into interpretations of the lives of artisans, healers, craft ... More

Keywords: Bioarchaeology, Osteobiography, Life course studies, Peopling the past

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813038070
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann L. W. Stodder, editor

Ann M. Palkovich, editor

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1 Osteobiography and Bioarchaeology

AnnL. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

One Ancestors and Descendants

2 The Magician

Jill E. Neitzel

3 The Axed Man of Mosfell

Phillip L. Walker, Jesse Byock, Jacqueline T. Eng, Jon M. Erlandson, Per Holck, Henry Schwarcz, and Davide Zori

4 Legendary Chamorro Strength

Gary M. Heathcote, Vincent P. Diego, Hajime Ishida, and Vincent J. Sava

Two Ancient Travelers and “Others”

6 Social Marginalization Among the Chiribaya

María Cecilia Lozada, Kelly J. Knudson, Rex C. Haydon, and Jane E. Buikstra

8 Lesley

Debra L. Martin and Daniel T. Potts

9 The “African Queen”

Mary Lucas Powell, Della Collins Cook, Maia M. Langley, Susan Dale Spencer, Jennifer Raff, and Frederika Kaestle

Three Craftsmen and Artisans

10 Sew Long?

Brenda J. Baker, Claire E. Terhune, and AmyPapalexandrou

11 A Master Artisan?

Rebecca Storey and Randolph J. Widmer

12 Vulcan

Michele Toomay Douglas and Michael Pietrusewsky

Four Farm and Village

15 Thumbprints of a Midwife

Charles F. Merbs

16 Reading a Life

Ann M. Palkovich