The Use of Human Skeletal Remains in Landscape Archaeology

Authored by: F. Donald Pate

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720

10.4324/9781315427737.ch49

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Abstract

Studies of skeletal remains provide important information regarding the use of past landscapes by human populations. The physical and chemical characteristics of human skeletons record valuable data about interactions between individuals and their physical and social environments at various life stages. Furthermore, analyses of large skeletal populations derived from burial grounds allow inferences regarding intergroup social relations across various landscapes. Thus, analyses of human skeletal remains offer archaeologists a unique resource that produces spatial-temporal information that is often diffi-cult to obtain from conventional archaeological methods, especially in relation to pre-European contact archaeology.

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