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Bioarchaeology and Identity in the Americas represents an important shift in the interpretation of skeletal remains in the Americas. Until recently, bioarchaeology has focused on interpreting and analyzing populations. The contributors here look to examine how individuals fit into those larger populations.

The overall aim is to demonstrate how bioarchaeologists can uniquely contribute to our understanding of the formation, representation, and repercussions of identity. The contributors combine historical and archaeological data with population genetic analyses, biogeochemical analyses of human tooth enamel and bones, mortuary patterns, and body modifications. With case studies drawn from North, Central, and South American mortuary remains from AD 500 to the Colonial period, they examine a wide range of factors that make up identity, including ethnicity, age, gender, and social, political, and religious constructions.

By adding a valuable biological element to the study of culture--a topic traditionally associated with social theorists, ethnographers, and historical archaeologies--this volume highlights the importance of skeletal evidence in helping us better understand our past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. The Bioarchaeology of Identity
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2. Key Concepts in Identity Studies
  2. pp. 24-56
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  1. Part I. Community Identity and Ethnogenesis
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. 3. Bridging Histories: The Bioarchaeology of Identity in Postcontact Florida
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. 4. The Reconstruction of Identity: A Case Study from Chachapoya, Peru
  2. pp. 82-102
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  1. 5. Post-Tiwanaku Ethnogenesis in the Coastal Moquegua Valley, Peru
  2. pp. 118-140
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  1. 6. Surviving Contact: Biological Transformation, Burial, and Ethnogenesis in the Colonial Lambayeque Valley, North Coast of Peru
  2. pp. 126-152
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  1. Part II. Identity Formation and Manipulation at the Level of the Individual
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. 7. Cultural Embodiment and the Enigmatic Identity of the Lovers from Lamanai
  2. pp. 170-191
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  1. 8. Cranial Modification among the Maya: Absence of Evidence or Evidence of Absence?
  2. pp. 177-193
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  1. 9. The Complex Relationship between Tiwanaku Mortuary Identity and Geographic Origin in the South Central Andes
  2. pp. 194-211
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  1. 10. The Bodily Expression of Ethnic Identity: Head Shaping in the Chilean Atacama
  2. pp. 212-228
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  1. Part III. Concluding Remarks
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. 11. Identity Formation: Communities and Individuals
  2. pp. 231-236
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 237-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-248
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 249-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813048222
Related ISBN
9780813033488
MARC Record
OCLC
801841520
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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