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The Bioarchaeology of Violence

Debra L. Martin and Ryan P. Harrod


Bioarchaeology provides a body of theory, method, and data to investigate the origins and evolution of social violence in human groups going back in time for thousands of years. Case studies from different time periods and different cultures demonstrate the commonalities and differences among human groups with respect to the ways that culturally sanctioned violence is used. These richly detailed studies provide ways to examine the relationship between violence and lived experience, and between lived experience and cultural processes. The chapter authors use a variety of theoretical approaches ... More

Keywords: Bioarchaeology, Violence, Small-scale conflict, Warfare, Ritual violence, Ancient violence, Social inequality

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813041506
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra L. Martin, editor

Ryan P. Harrod, editor

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Introduction Bioarchaeology and the Study of Violence

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

Part I Method and Theory

Part II Small-Scale Conflict

Part III Warfare

7 The Space of War: Connecting Geophysical Landscapes with Skeletal Evidence of Warfare-Related Trauma

Heather Worne, Charles R. Cobb, Giovanna Vidoli, and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman

Part IV Ritualized Violence

Conclusion: Implications and Future Directions

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