Bioarchaeology pp 213-238 | Cite as

Body as Material Culture

  • Debra L. Martin
  • Ryan P. Harrod
  • Ventura R. Pérez
Part of the Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique book series (MATT)


Viewing the body in ways that go beyond age, sex, stature, and presence or absence of nutritional deficiencies, disease, and trauma requires researcher to consider the life history of the individual. It is critical for researchers to remember that individuals assumed multiple identities throughout their lifetime and that they lived in dynamic and relational social environments that continually influenced their body. Ritual and ceremonial activities that involve the body and that can be seen on human remains include cultural modifications of the body, warfare, cannibalism, torture, and captivity.


Material Culture Archaeological Record Human Remains Skeletal Remains Dead Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra L. Martin
    • 1
  • Ryan P. Harrod
    • 1
  • Ventura R. Pérez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of NevadaLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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