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The Body as Material Culture
A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology

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Part of Topics in Contemporary Archaeology

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521818223

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  • Skeletal remains are a vital source of evidence for archaeologists. Their interpretation has tended to take two divergent forms: the scientific and the humanistic. In this innovative study, Joanna Sofaer Derevenski argues that these approaches are unnecessarily polarized and that one should not be pursued without the other. Exploring key themes such as sex, gender, life cycle and diet, she argues that the body is both biological object and cultural site and is not easily detached from the objects, practices and landscapes that surround it.

    • Investigates one of the most intriguing aspects of archaeology, archaeological remains
    • Bridges the two traditionally distinct and separate approaches to the subject, namely the scientific approach and the social theoretical approach
    • Presents a significant model for the study of the subject which merges the two distinct approaches
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    "I would recommend this book to any archaeologist or bio-archaeologist seeking an alternative view for the interpretation of osteological material"
    Heather Robertson, Simon Fraser University, Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521818223
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Bodies and boundaries
    2. The body as an archaeological resource
    3. The body and convention in archaeological practice
    4. Material bodies
    5. Gender
    6. Age.

  • Author

    Joanna R. Sofaer, University of Southampton
    Joanna R. Sofaer is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. As an osteoarchaeologist and prehistorian, she has published widely on human bioarchaeology and European prehistory. Her previous publications include Children and Material Culture (editor) (2000).

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