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The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict

Edited by: Christopher Knüsel , Martin J. Smith

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  December  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415842198
eBook ISBN: 9781315883366
Adobe ISBN: 9781134677979

10.4324/9781315883366
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If human burials were our only window onto the past, what story would they tell? Skeletal injuries constitute the most direct and unambiguous evidence for violence in the past. Whereas weapons or defenses may simply be statements of prestige or status and written sources are characteristically biased and incomplete, human remains offer clear and unequivocal evidence of physical aggression reaching as far back as we have burials to examine.

Warfare is often described as ‘senseless’ and as having no place in society. Consequently, its place in social relations and societal change remains obscure. The studies in The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict present an overview of the nature and development of human conflict from prehistory to recent times as evidenced by the remains of past people themselves in order to explore the social contexts in which such injuries were inflicted. A broadly chronological approach is taken from prehistory through to recent conflicts, however this book is not simply a catalogue of injuries illustrating weapon development or a narrative detailing ‘progress’ in warfare but rather provides a framework in which to explore both continuity and change based on a range of important themes which hold continuing relevance throughout human development.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Trauma Interpretation in the Context of Biological Anthropology Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Sticks and Stones Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Trauma in the Krapina Neandertals Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Representing Violence in Anatolia and the Near East During the Transition to Agriculture Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The War to Begin All Wars? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Misplaced Childhood? Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Human Remains From a Bronze Age Site in the Tollense Valley Download PDF
Chapter  9:  ‘Soft Heads’ Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Socialized Violence Download PDF
Chapter  11:  A Bioarchaeological Study of Violence in the Roman World Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Osteology of Decapitation Burials From Roman Britain Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Interpreting Violence Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Violence and the Crusades Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Courteous Knights and Cruel Avengers Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Violence and Warfare in the Prehistoric San Francisco Bay Area Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Violent Injury and Death in a Prehistoric Farming Community of Southwestern Colorado Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Gender-Based Violence in the Wari and Post-Wari Era of the Andes Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Many Faces of Death Download PDF
Chapter  20:  ‘Place of Strong Men’ Download PDF
Chapter  21:  A History Of Violence In The Lambayeque Valley Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Conflict on the Northern Northwest Coast Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Alkmaar Mass Graves Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Indirect Evidence of Hanging Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Reconstructing the Execution and Burial of 41 Brigands in Mechelen During the Flemish Peasants' War in 1798 Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Palaeopathological Study of Napoleonic Mass Graves Discovered in Russia Download PDF
Chapter  27:  “Those in Peril on the Sea” Download PDF
Chapter  28:  How to Say Things With Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Sorcery and Shipwrecks Download PDF
Chapter  30:  An Osteological Profile of Trench Warfare Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Palaeopathology of German Military Hospital Remains From 1915–18 Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Patterns of Peri-Mortem Trauma in Skeletons Recovered From Mass Graves from the Spanish Civil War (1936–9) Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Recent Conflicts, Deaths and Simple Technologies Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The Osteology of Conflict Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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