Bioarchaeology and Social Theory

Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains

Editors: Osterholtz, Anna J. (Ed.)

  • ​Builds on methodological standards, theoretical frameworks and their applications to bioarchaeology
  • Discusses how theoretical approaches towards commingled remains provide key perspectives on ideology, meaning, social structure, agency, and lived experiences in the past
  • Includes a reanalysis of collections of commingled human remains to understand the sociocultural practices of prehistoric peoples through their mortuary behavior
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This volume centers on the application of social theory to commingled remains with special focus on the cultural processes that create the assemblages as a way to better understand issues of meaning, social structure and interaction, and lived experience in the past. The importance of the application of theoretical frameworks to bioarchaeology in general has been recognized, but commingled and fragmentary assemblages require an increased theoretical focus. Too often these assemblages are still relegated to appendices; they are analytical puzzles that need the interpretive power offered by social theory.

Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains provides case studies that illustrate how an appropriate theoretical model can be used with commingled and fragmentary remains to add to overall site and population level interpretations of past and present peoples. Specifically, the contributions show a blending and melding of different social theories, highlighting the broad interpretive power of social theory. Contributors are drawn from both the Old and New World. Temporally, time periods from the Neolithic to historic periods are present, further widening the audience for the volume.

About the authors

Anna Osterholtz has recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas focusing on social change, migration, and identity during the Bronze Age on Cyprus. Her primary research interests center around commingled and fragmentary assemblages of human remains and the unique stories they tell. She has active research projects in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Martin, Debra (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • A Tale of Two Platforms: Commingled Remains and the Life-Course of Houses at Neolithic Çatalhöyük

    Haddow, Scott D. (et al.)

    Pages 5-29

  • Bodies in Motion: Identity and Migration in Cyprus During the Bronze Age

    Osterholtz, Anna J.

    Pages 31-46

  • Part of the Family: Age, Identity, and Burial in Copper Age Iberia

    Beck, Jess

    Pages 47-73

  • Limited Circumstances: Creating a Better Understanding of Prehistoric Peoples Through the Reanalysis of Collections of Commingled Human Remains

    Panakhyo, Maria (et al.)

    Pages 75-96

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains
Editors
  • Anna J. Osterholtz
Series Title
Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22554-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22554-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-22553-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37313-3
Series ISSN
2567-6776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 255
Number of Illustrations and Tables
25 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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