SpringerBriefs in Archaeology

Archaeological Human Remains

Global Perspectives

Editors: Odonnabhain, Barra, Lozada Cerna, María Cecilia (Eds.)

  • Examines past and current tendencies in studies of archaeologically-retrieved human remains across a range of countries
  • Explores the future trajectories of the study of skeletal remains
  • Contains contextualizing maps and images for each world region
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This volume addresses the directions that studies of archaeological human remains have taken in a number of different countries, where attitudes range from widespread support to prohibition. Overlooked in many previous publications, this diversity in attitudes is examined through a variety of lenses, including academic origins, national identities, supporting institutions, archaeological context and globalization. The volume situates this diversity of attitudes by examining past and current tendencies in studies of archaeologically-retrieved human remains across a range of geopolitical settings. In a context where methodological approaches have been increasingly standardized in recent decades, the volume poses the question if this standardization has led to a convergence in approaches to archaeological human remains or if significant differences remain between practitioners in different countries. The volume also explores the future trajectories of the study of skeletal remains in the different jurisdictions under scrutiny.

About the authors

Dr. Barra O’Donnabhain, who holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, is an Irish bioarchaeologist who has been conducting archaeological research in Ireland and other parts of the world for over 25 years. His publications cover a wide temporal span as well as a broad range of themes but are characterized by an integrative approach in their reconstructions of past lives. This is exemplified by recent papers dealing with the political use of the ritualized violence of public executions (2011) and the role of the quotidian use of material culture in the construction of identity in Viking Age Dublin (2013). He co-edited the volume “The Dead Tell Tales” that was published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA (2013). O’Donnabhain has directed and collaborated in archaeological projects in a number of world areas.  His recent focus has been on institutional confinement. From 2009 to 2011, he directed excavations at a putative leper hospital in south west Ireland and in 2012 he began excavations at the 19th century prison at Spike Island, also in Ireland. Also in 2012, he directed the mortuary component of excavations at an Inca outpost in southern Peru in collaboration with researchers from UCLA and USC. He is currently on the faculty of the Department of Archaeology at University College Cork and is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Field Research. 

Dr. María Cecilia Lozada is a Peruvian bioarchaeologist who has been conducting archaeological research in the South Central Andes for the last 20 years, and holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the past, combining archaeology, human osteology and ethnohistory, which is exemplified in her book: “El Señorío de Chiribaya en la Costa Sur del Perú” (2002) and multiple publications that showcase her integrated social and biological reconstructions of past Andean societies.  In 2013, she co-edited the volume “The Dead Tell Tales” that was published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA.  For the past 7 years, Lozada has been the main field archaeologist and human osteologist for several multidisciplinary and collaborative projects in northern Chile co-sponsored by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and La Universidad de Chile.  In 2009, she initiated a new archaeological project in the Vitor valley in southern Peru. As the Principal Investigator of the Vitor Archaeological Project, Lozada leads a multinational team that includes Peruvian investigators as well as numerous American students and researchers from institutions such as UCLA, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and The University of Chicago.  She is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and has been actively working to promote collaborations between local universities in Peru and the United States through her projects.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • To Be or Not to Be: Global Approaches to Ancient Human Remains

    O’Donnabhain, Barra (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Bioarchaeological Research in Argentina: Past, Present and Future Challenges

    Bordach, María A. (et al.)

    Pages 13-27

  • Becoming Bioarchaeology? Traditions of Physical Anthropology and Archeology in Armenia

    Marshall, Maureen E.

    Pages 29-39

  • Local Trajectories? A View from Down Under

    Littleton, Judith

    Pages 41-52

  • Bioarchaeology in Brazil

    Mendonça de Souza, Sheila M. F.

    Pages 53-63

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Archaeological Human Remains
Book Subtitle
Global Perspectives
Editors
  • Barra Odonnabhain
  • María Cecilia Lozada Cerna
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06370-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06370-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-06369-0
Series ISSN
1861-6623
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 252
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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