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More than Just Bones: A Biocultural Analysis of Fremont Human Remains

Author(s): Aaron Woods ; Ryan Harrod

Year: 2016

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Many existing studies of Fremont mortuary data have been limited to documenting the location of burials, the presence or absence of burial goods, and the position of the remains.

Furthermore, much of the analyses of Fremont human skeletal remains have focused almost exclusively on population-level comparisons or evidence of extreme violence. Current bioarchaeological methods have expanded the type of questions that researchers can ask. Equipped with hypotheses influenced by social theory, it is possible for analysts to discover additional aspects of quotidian Fremont life. The observation of stress and disease indicators, refined methods of assessing entheses or musculoskeletal markers, and a growing understanding of how acts of non-lethal violence can be seen on the bones provide an expanded view of how individuals lived and died. This paper presents the results of several bioarchaeological analyses performed on Fremont skeletal remains in an effort to improve our understanding of the more social aspects of life in the Fremont Regional System.


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More than Just Bones: A Biocultural Analysis of Fremont Human Remains. Aaron Woods, Ryan Harrod. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403448)


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min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America