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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (26 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415480914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415480918
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book covers almost all aspects of the study of human skeletal remains. Sections include the nature of bone material, determining age and gender, and variations in bone. It also includes information on disease, trauma and the latest knowledge using chemical and DNA analysis of bone. Although this book is not completely exhaustive on aspects of bone study, it attempts to bring in as much information as possible. Finally, it is a good read, not full of jargon as it attempts to explain bone study in a basic language. Ideal for those thinking of going into the study of human bones, professionals wanting reminding of various information, and anyone else interested in how archaeologists extract so much knowledge from bones!
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Extremely thorough guide to human remains in archaeology that is useful as an introduction, but by no means a light read. The book starts with an overview of what skeletal material actually is before going into detail about how to sex or age a skeleton. The early chapters cover standard material in these types of guides (How to spot injury and disease) whilst the later chapters go into detail of more modern methods for studying bones (Stable isotope and DNA analysis). It also explains how to deal with poor bone survival, from the effects of acidic soils to soil permeability on bone survival. Most importantly each batch of information is followed by a case study (typically from the author's own excavation at Wharram Percy, England, but also from sites across the world) and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading. An extremely thorough and useful reference book.
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HASH(0x984aac24) out of 5 stars Comprehensive summary of contemporary osteoarchaeology. 1 April 1999
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A superlative in-depth investigation into the complex field of osteoarchaeology--from dentition to DNA. Brimming with visual support and graphical models. Mays is not afraid to challenge the indoctrinated faith in archaeological forensics. Sure to become the definitive text on the subject.
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I purchased this book for my an Osteology class. It helpful when trying to age and sex bones. I used this book as a reference when trying to identify remains. This is a great book for students in the Forensic Anthropology field.
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This was just what I expected. It was perfect for the paper I had to write. It described what I needed to know.
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