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Bones of Complexity: Bioarchaeological Case Studies of Social Organization and Skeletal Biology

Haagen D. Klaus, Amanda R. Harvey, and Mark N. Cohen


The histories of many human societies over the last ten millennia have been characterized by increasing social complexity and economic inequality. This phenomenon ranks among the intellectually pressing anthropological questions about human history that also holds great relevance to help understand modern social challenges. Drawing upon diverse studies of human remains from ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and the Americas, this volume is the first to bring together physical anthropologists, archaeologists, and economists to better understand the wide range of effects of social complexity upon hu ... More

Keywords: Social organization, skeletal biology, economic inequality, bioarchaeology, social complexity

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062235
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haagen D. Klaus, editor
George Mason University

Amanda R. Harvey, editor
University of Nevada, Reno

Mark N. Cohen, editor
SUNY Plattsburgh

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1 Human Biology in Ancient Complex Societies

Haagen D. Klaus, Amanda R. Harvey, and Mark N. Cohen

I Growth, Stature, and Social Organization

2 A Bone to Pick

Carles Boix and Frances Rosenbluth

3 Stature at Tikal Revisited

Lori E. Wright and Mario A. Vásquez

II Complexities of Sex and Gender

6 Mycenaean Hierarchy and Gender Roles

Lynne A. Schepartz, Sharon R. Stocker, Jack L. Davis, Anastasia Papathanasiou, Sari Miller-Antonio, Joanne M. A. Murphy, Michael Richards, and Evangelia Malapani

7 Health Status and Burial Status in Early China

Ekaterina Pechenkina, Ma Xiaolin, and Fan Wenquan

III Skeletons in Settings of Emergent Complexity and Stratified Societies

8 The Bioarchaeology of Early Social Complexity in Bronze Age Spain

Sylvia A. Jiménez-Brobeil and María G. Roca

10 A Hierarchy of Values

Gwen Robbins Schug

11 Hopewell Hierarchy or Heterarchy?

Della Collins Cook, Ruth A. Brinker, Robin Moser Knabel, and Ellen Salter-Pedersen

13 Center and Satellite

Nancy A. Ross-Stallings

14 Across a Spectrum of Inequality

Ryan P. Harrod, Debra L. Martin, and Misty Fields

15 Hierarchy and Urbanism in Pre-Columbian Central Mexico

Rebecca Storey, Lourdes Márquez Morfín, and Luis Fernando Núñez

17 Bioarchaeology and Social Complexity

Haagen D. Klaus, Mark Nathan Cohen, Marie Elaine Danforth, and Amanda R. Harvey