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Life and Death on the NileA Bioethnography of Three Ancient Nubian Communities$
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George J. Armelagos and Dennis P. Van Gerven

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054452

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054452.001.0001

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A Bioethnography

A Bioethnography

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Life and Death on the Nile

George J. Armelagos

Dennis P. Van Gerven

University Press of Florida

We argue in chapter 1 that ethnography is the foundation on which anthropology stands. This chapter discusses what, if anything, we have learned from our research—beyond the empirical data gathered about the material remains—that might approach some degree of ethnographic insight. We look most closely to our case studies in chapter 6 as a means of addressing the question. In the case of our hydrocephalic, we consider the impact of such a devastating and protracted condition on the caregivers who must have sustained her. We also consider the evidence for personal and emotional behaviors, such as the braiding of a child’s hair and the burial of premature neonates in pottery urns. We conclude that we have learned a great deal beyond the material we set out to investigate.

Keywords:   Ethnographic insight, Caregivers, Personal and emotional behavior, Neonate burial

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