Injury and Trauma in Bioarchaeology


Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
December 22, 2016
6.99 X 10.08 X 0.79 inches | 1.84 pounds

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About the Author

Rebecca C. Redfern is Curator of Human Osteology at the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London, and Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham. Her research interests include palaeopathology, the archaeologies of ageing and gender, impairment and disability, and medical practices.


'... much has been written on this subject matter in a variety of outlets, but nothing close to what we find here. It is a monumental approach to understanding the past experience of trauma in people from the stories they can tell us through the lens of their remains (the primary archaeological evidence for people). It melds together a clinical perspective that includes medical anthropological research, with an archaeological and historical contextual approach. By helping us to understand the experience of trauma in past peoples, embracing a multi-method and multidisciplinary approach, it also sheds light on the 'here and now' from a deep time point of view; was it always like this? Increasingly, bioarchaeology is showing its 'worth' through publications such as this, a trend that our discipline should embrace and develop.' Charlotte Roberts, Durham University
'This comprehensive, rigorous, and theoretically informed volume is a significant contribution to the social and forensic sciences. It is a 'must read' for scholars across these and other fields.' Jane Buikstra, Arizona State University, Tempe
'With Injury and Trauma in Bioarchaeology Redfern skilfully illustrates the potential of a truly bio-cultural approach to the skeletal record. Her interdisciplinary analysis, elegantly integrating knowledge and insights from medicine, social science and ecology, conveys the evolution and diversity of interpersonal violence on a global scale. Rich in exemplary case studies and illustrations, the volume takes us beyond the 'when', 'where' and 'how' to a genuine appreciation of the varied experience of past violence and its impact on the individual, those close to them and society as a whole. This insight into past lives is instructive and affecting in equal measure, setting a new benchmark for violence studies.' Linda Fibiger, University of Edinburgh
'... it is difficult to convey the sheer multiplicity of themes covered in this book, clearly illustrated by numerous case studies and accompanied by an impressive bibliography. It will most certainly find a very favourable audience not only among specialists in this area, but also among social anthropologists, archaeologists and historians.' Philippe Lefranc, Human Remains and Violence
'Elegantly written and immensely interesting, this book may be of interest to readers from a wide range of disciplines, including social scientists, sociologists, bioarchaeologists, medical anthropologists, forensic scientists, psychologists and historians.' Sue Howarth, The Biologist