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Beyond trauma and disease: Examining the growth and potential of bioarchaeological research in Iberian medieval archaeology.

Author(s): Katelyn Bolhofner

Year: 2016

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With the advancement of inter-disciplinary research in medieval archaeology in recent decades, much progress has been made in the integration of bioarchaeological data into larger archaeological and historical questions. This growth may be seen in the increase in publications, professional associations, and programs of study focusing upon bioarchaeological research of the medieval period. Yet, particularly in Iberian medieval studies, the contribution of bioarchaeological research largely has remained focused upon diagnoses of pathological conditions and traumatic injury. While this research provides valuable insight into activity and health in the medieval period, there is much room for further contextual analysis and the development of inter-disciplinary research agendas.

This presentation will review recent advances made in the integration of bioarchaeological data sets in Iberian archaeology and will highlight the great potential for growth beyond reports of trauma and disease. As an example of this potential, this presentation will introduce a contextually-specific research framework developed to advance the integration and application of methods from specialized fields in the pursuit of anthropologically driven questions in medieval archaeology.


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Beyond trauma and disease: Examining the growth and potential of bioarchaeological research in Iberian medieval archaeology.. Katelyn Bolhofner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404429)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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