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Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture

Elizabeth Weiss


Do skeletal indicators used to reconstruct past people’s activity patterns actually reflect biological differences? This book reviews the literature on the most commonly utilized activity pattern indicators in bioarchaeology to answer this genes versus environment question. Chapter 2, for example, focuses on cross-sectional geometries, which have been used to look at mobility, and asks whether these measures of bone may also be influenced by climate-driven body shape adaptions. Chapters 3 and 4 look at entheseal changes, which are locations of muscle attachments, and osteoarthritis, which is a ... More

Keywords: activity patterns, cross-sectional geometries, bioarchaeology, entheseal changes, osteoarthritis, stress fractures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054988
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Weiss, author
San Jose State University

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