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Injury and Trauma in Bioarchaeology
Interpreting Violence in Past Lives

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Debra L. Martin
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  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521115735

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  • The remains of past people are a testament to their lived experiences and of the environment in which they lived. Synthesising the latest research, this book critically examines the sources of evidence used to understand and interpret violence in bioarchaeology, exploring the significant light such evidence can shed on past hierarchies, gender roles and life courses. The text draws on a diverse range of social and clinical science research to investigate violence and trauma in the archaeological record, focussing on human remains. It examines injury patterns in different groups as well as the biological, psychological and cultural factors that make us behave violently, how our living environment influences injury and violence, the models used to identify and interpret violence in the past, and how violence is used as a social tool. Drawing on a range of case studies, Redfern explores new research directions that will contribute to nuanced interpretations of past lives.

    • A critical overview of the sources of social science, clinical and archaeological evidence bioarchaeologists use to study injury in past communities
    • Explores the consequences of violence and trauma, demonstrating how bioarchaeological evidence sheds new light on the hierarchies and social relationships of past societies
    • Presents new studies of injury patterns in different groups (such as hunter-gatherers, urban dwellers, and victims of domestic violence) and establishes new directions of study
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    'With Injury and Trauma in Bioarchaeology Redfern skilfully illustrates the potential of a truly bio-cultural approach to the skeletal record. Her interdisciplinary analysis, elegantly integrating knowledge and insights from medicine, social science and ecology, conveys the evolution and diversity of interpersonal violence on a global scale. Rich in exemplary case studies and illustrations, the volume takes us beyond the ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ to a genuine appreciation of the varied experience of past violence and its impact on the individual, those close to them and society as a whole. This insight into past lives is instructive and affecting in equal measure, setting a new benchmark for violence studies.' Linda Fibiger, University of Edinburgh

    'This comprehensive, rigorous, and theoretically informed volume is a significant contribution to the social and forensic sciences. It is a 'must read' for scholars across these and other fields.' Jane Buikstra, Arizona State University, Tempe

    '… much has been written on this subject matter in a variety of outlets, but nothing close to what we find here. It is a monumental approach to understanding the past experience of trauma in people from the stories they can tell us through the lens of their remains (the primary archaeological evidence for people). It melds together a clinical perspective that includes medical anthropological research, with an archaeological and historical contextual approach. By helping us to understand the experience of trauma in past peoples, embracing a multi-method and multidisciplinary approach, it also sheds light on the 'here and now' from a deep time point of view; was it always like this? Increasingly, bioarchaeology is showing its 'worth' through publications such as this, a trend that our discipline should embrace and develop.' Charlotte Roberts, Durham University

    '… it is difficult to convey the sheer multiplicity of themes covered in this book, clearly illustrated by numerous case studies and accompanied by an impressive bibliography. It will most certainly find a very favourable audience not only among specialists in this area, but also among social anthropologists, archaeologists and historians.' Philippe Lefranc, Human Remains and Violence

    'Elegantly written and immensely interesting, this book may be of interest to readers from a wide range of disciplines, including social scientists, sociologists, bioarchaeologists, medical anthropologists, forensic scientists, psychologists and historians.' Sue Howarth, The Biologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521115735
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Debra L. Martin
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Approaches to understanding and interpreting violence in the past
    3. Violent behaviour in humans and human societies
    4. Environmental factors and violence
    5. Trauma in life course perspective
    6. Violent happenings: intentional injury patterns
    7. Living with the consequences of injury
    8. Conclusions
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Rebecca C. Redfern, Museum of London
    Rebecca C. Redfern is Curator of Human Osteology at the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London, and Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham. Her research interests include palaeopathology, the archaeologies of ageing and gender, impairment and disability, and medical practices.

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    Debra L. Martin

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