Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains

  • Anna J. Osterholtz

Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Debra Martin, Anna J. Osterholtz
    Pages 1-4
  3. Scott D. Haddow, Joshua W. Sadvari, Christopher J. Knüsel, Rémi Hadad
    Pages 5-29
  4. Anna J. Osterholtz
    Pages 125-138
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-255

About this book


This volume centers on the application of social theory to commingled remains with special focus on the cultural processes that create the assemblages as a way to better understand issues of meaning, social structure and interaction, and lived experience in the past. The importance of the application of theoretical frameworks to bioarchaeology in general has been recognized, but commingled and fragmentary assemblages require an increased theoretical focus. Too often these assemblages are still relegated to appendices; they are analytical puzzles that need the interpretive power offered by social theory.
Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains provides case studies that illustrate how an appropriate theoretical model can be used with commingled and fragmentary remains to add to overall site and population level interpretations of past and present peoples. Specifically, the contributions show a blending and melding of different social theories, highlighting the broad interpretive power of social theory. Contributors are drawn from both the Old and New World. Temporally, time periods from the Neolithic to historic periods are present, further widening the audience for the volume.


analytical and interpretive value of fragmentary assemblages commingled remains and social behavior construction of burial assemblages funerary practices shaped by political & economic factors three-dimensional modeling techniques variation in mortuary practices

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna J. Osterholtz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Nevada Las VegasLas VegasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22553-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22554-8
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