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H 245 x W 175 mm

198 pages

6 illustrations, 10 tables and 4 graphs (6 plates in colour)

Published May 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784918057

Digital: 9781784918064

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Human skeletons; deceased; remains; archaeology; anthropology; osteoarchaeology; bones; forensics

Identified skeletal collections: the testing ground of anthropology?

Edited by Charlotte Yvette Henderson, Francisca Alves Cardoso

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Human skeletons are widely studied in archaeological, anthropological and forensic settings to learn about the deceased. This book focusses on identified skeletal collections and discusses how and why collections were amassed and shows the vital role they play in improving methods and interpretations for archaeological and forensic research.



Chapter 1. Introduction – Charlotte Henderson; Chapter 2. Archaeological human skeletal collections: their significance and value as an ongoing contribution to research – Jelena Bekvalac and Dr Rebecca Redfern; Chapter 3. The Grant Human Skeletal Collection and Other Contributions of J. C. B. Grant to Anatomy, Osteology, and Forensic Anthropology – John Albanese; Chapter 4. Strategies for Dealing with Bias in Identified Reference Collections and Implications for Research in the 21st Century – John Albanese; Chapter 5. Bioarchaeology and Identified Skeletal Collections: Problems and Potential Solutions – Jennifer Sharman and John Albanese; Chapter 6. The significance of identified human skeletal collections to further our understanding of the skeletal ageing process in adults – Vanessa Campanacho and Hugo F.V. Cardoso; Chapter 7. Secular changes in cranial size and sexual dimorphism of cranial size: a comparative analysis of standard cranial dimensions in two Portuguese identified skeletal reference collections and implications for sex estimation – Luísa Marinho, Ana R. Vassalo and Hugo F. V. Cardoso; Chapter 8. Lives Not Written in Bones: Discussing Biographical Data Associated With Identified Skeletal Collections – Francisca Alves Cardoso; Chapter 9. The Fate of Anatomical Collections in the US: Bioanthropological Investigations of Structural Violence – Rachel J. Watkins; Chapter 10. Final Summary – Francisca Alves-Cardoso

About the Author

CHARLOTTE HENDERSON is a researcher in CIAS – Research Centre for Anthropology and Health based in the Department of Life Sciences, Coimbra (Portugal). She completed her PhD at the University of Durham in the Department of Archaeology. Her research focusses on methods for identifying activity in past populations. She has a long-standing interest in ethics which she studied as part of her undergraduate degree in Philosophy. | FRANCISCA ALVES CARDOSO is a research fellow at CRIA – Centre for Research in Anthropology (Portugal). In 2008 she was awarded a PhD in Biological Anthropology/Paleopathology by the University of Durham (UK). Her research focuses on the significance of socio-economic and cultural variables in the interpretation of human skeletons. In 2014 she was awarded a grant to develop the project - Portuguese Human Identified Skeletal Collections (HISC): Shaping their ethical and legal framework, which aims to build a bridge between science and society on the importance of HISC, whilst considering their scientific value, social and cultural, as well as ethical implications.