Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains

Working Toward Improved Theory, Method, and Data

Editors: Osterholtz, Anna J., Baustian, Kathryn M., Martin, Debra L. (Eds.)

  • ​Unifies a set of standards for how to deal with commingled remains
  • Demonstrates how to incorporate theory into analyses involving human remains
  •  Standardizes methods and presents best practices in the field with case studies
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​Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains:Working Toward Improved Theory, Method, and Data brings together research that provides innovative methodologies for the analysis of commingled human remains. It has temporal and spatial breadth, with case studies coming from pre-state to historic periods, as well as from both the New and Old World. Highlights of this volume include:
standardizes methods and presents best practices in the field using a case study approach
demonstrates how data gathered from commingled human remains can be incorporated into the overall interpretation of a site
explores best way to formulate population size, using commingled remains

Field archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, academic anthropologists, forensic anthropologists, zoo archaeologists, and students of anthropology and archaeology will find this to be an invaluable resource.

About the authors

Anna Osterholtz is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Her bioarchaeological research interests include the health consequences of trade, migration and interaction and the social role of violence.  She has worked extensively with commingled and fragmentary collections from around the world. 

Kathryn Baustian is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests include bioarchaeological investigations focused on ancient social organization and the biological effects of culture change. She is also interested in forensic anthropology and the interpretation of violence in ancient and modern settings.

Debra L. Martin is Lincy Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Her interests include bioarchaeological approaches to understanding social processes that produce and reproduce poor health and violence within culturally defined and marginalized subgroups.

Reviews

"Overall, this volume is a major contribution in this area.....It will be an added resource to all those who work with human and animal remains in both archaeological and forensic contexts" (Bernadette M. Manifold, PaleoAnthropology, 2014)

"I recommend the volume by Osterholtz and coworkers to practitioners in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology.....the volume has much to offer in terms of ideas for dealing with commingling, and I am happy to recommend this book for all bioarchaeologists and forensic anthropologists" (John E. Byrd, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 155, 2014)

 


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Osterholtz, Anna J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Making Sense of Social Behavior from Disturbed and Commingled Skeletons: A Case Study from Çatalhöyük, Turkey

    Boz, Başak (et al.)

    Pages 17-33

  • Commingled Human Skeletal Assemblages: Integrative Techniques in Determination of the MNI/MNE

    Osterholtz, Anna J. (et al.)

    Pages 35-50

  • Bioarchaeological Spatial Analysis of the Walker-Noe Crematory (15GD56)

    Herrmann, Nicholas P. (et al.)

    Pages 51-66

  • Into the Kettle: The Analysis of Commingled Remains from Southern Ontario

    Glencross, Bonnie

    Pages 67-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains
Book Subtitle
Working Toward Improved Theory, Method, and Data
Editors
  • Anna J. Osterholtz
  • Kathryn M. Baustian
  • Debra L. Martin
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7560-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7560-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7559-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 285
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