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Chapter 6. Aspects of human osteology and skeletal biology

Deter, Chris and Mahoney, Patrick and Johns, Sarah E. and Thomas, Sandra (2019) Chapter 6. Aspects of human osteology and skeletal biology. In: Parker Pearson, M. and Sheridan, A. and Jay, M. and Chamberlain, A. and Richards, M. P. and Evans, J., eds. The Beaker People: Isotopes, mobility and diet in prehistoric Britain. Prehistoric Society . Oxbow, Oxford, pp. 253-291. ISBN 1-78925-064-1. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This chapter presents the results of three studies that were undertaken as part of the Beaker People Project (BPP), and which complemented the osteological work undertaken for the Beakers and Bodies Project as reported in Chapter 5. The first study examined the age and sex of 201 individuals that had been deemed suitable for isotopic analysis of dental enamel. The second examined tooth enamel defects in 12 juvenile skeletons, as an indicator of non-specific infant stress. The third was a craniometric study of skulls from the Peak District, designed to assess the validity of previous claims for a change in skull shape from dolichocephalic (long-headed) during the Neolithic, to brachycephalic (roundheaded) from the Chalcolithic onwards, and to explore the possible reasons for the observed differences. The chapter ends by considering the results of the craniometric study in the light of isotopic evidence suggesting a high incidence of non-local individuals within the Peak District dataset.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
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