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Bioarchaeology and Social Theory

Activity, Diet and Social Practice

Addressing Everyday Life in Human Skeletal Remains

Authors: Schrader, Sarah

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  • Drawn from research based in Ancient Nubia (modern southern Egypt and northern Sudan)
  • Using bioarchaeological methods to facilitate broad comparisons between groups and sample collections
  • Demonstrates how dietary patterns seem to reflect an actor-based response to imperial rule
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Day-to-day activities are important in the development of social identities, the establishment of social standing, and the communal understanding of societal rules. This perspective is broadly referred to as practice theory and relates to the power of an overarching social structure and the individual actors that exist within it. Practice theory has made an important contribution to anthropological and archaeological research as these fields are particularly interested in daily life and the importance of these actions.

This volume argues that practice theory can also be used in a bioarchaeological context through the examination of human skeletal remains and the archaeological context in which they were excavated. Bioarchaeology offers a unique perspective on these day-to-day experiences—skeletal tissue is constantly undergoing a process of change and, as a living biological system, it can adapt to external forces. Furthermore, bioarchaeological studies are multi-scalar and can examine individuals, groups, or entire populations.

Using osteological indicators of activity patterns (entheseal changes, osteoarthritis) and dietary isotopes (carbon, nitrogen) as examples, this book addresses patterns of everyday life in the ancient past. Physical activities and food consumption are actions that are carried out on a daily basis. While bioarchaeology does not have the ability to recreate specific day-to-day activities, we can assess broad trends in everyday life.  The volume illustrates these points using examples from the Ancient Nile Valley. Through the examination of over 800 Egyptian and Nubian individuals from five different archaeological sites, the research addresses patterns of everyday life as they relate to social inequality, agency, and practice.

Beyond osteological indicators of activity and dietary patterns, this book also discusses additional methods that can be pursed to draw attention to daily life. Lastly, this book also highlights the applicability of and potential contribution that practice theory can make to this area of research.

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“This volume goes beyond theorizing the bioarchaeology of the everyday and demonstrates how a classic data-driven narrative approach can advance this focus in bioarchaeology … . this book also presents a number of novel datasets, making this volume additionally valuable for its use in comparative analyses. It will be of greatest use to those working on the archaeology and bioarchaeology of Nubia and Egypt, and it will be a welcome addition to any university or museum library collection.” (Robert James Stark, American Antiquity, April 27, 2021)


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Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Activity, Diet and Social Practice
Book Subtitle
Addressing Everyday Life in Human Skeletal Remains
Authors
Series Title
Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02544-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02544-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02543-4
Series ISSN
2567-6776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 213
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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