Bioarchaeology and Behavior: The People of the Ancient Near East

Edited by Megan A. Perry
Foreword by Clark Spencer Larsen

Details: 224 pages    6x9
Cloth: $74.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-4229-9   
Pubdate: 10/14/2012
Series: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives

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"A well-edited and organized book that will provide anyone interested in the ancient Middle East the opportunity to encounter the quality and diversity of skeletal research being conducted in the region."--Jerome C. Rose, University of Arkansas

"A welcome contribution to the literature on burial practices and human skeletal remains; includes some innovative analytical techniques for determining groups of individuals dating from the Natufian to the Medieval period in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean."--Michelle Bonogofsky, editor of The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

While mortuary ruins have long fascinated archaeologists and art historians interested in the cultures of the Near East and eastern Mediterranean, the human skeletal remains contained in the tombs of this region have garnered less attention. In Bioarchaeology and Behavior, Megan Perry presents a collection of essays that aim a spotlight on the investigation of the ancient inhabitants of the circum-Mediterranean area.
Composed of eight diverse papers, this volume synthesizes recent research on human skeletal remains and their archaeological and historical contexts in this region. Utilizing an environmental, social, and political framework, the contributors present scholarly case studies on such topics as the region's mortuary archaeology, genetic investigations of migration patterns, and the ancient populations' health, disease, and diet.
Other key anthropological issues addressed in this volume include the effects of the domestication of plants and animals, the rise of state-level formations, and the role of religion in society. Ultimately, this collection will provide anthropologists, archaeologists, and bioarchaeologists with an important foundation for future research in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean.

Megan A. Perry is associate professor of anthropology at East Carolina University. She is a contributor to History of Paleopathology.

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