Bioarchaeology in the Roman Empire

  • Kristina Killgrove
Living reference work entry

State of Knowledge and Current Debates

Much of a person’s life history is written on his or her bones. Skeletal remains of past populations are palimpsests of information about the behaviors people engaged in during their lives. The bioarchaeological study of burials from around the Roman Empire is a relatively new undertaking but has proven to be an essential line of evidence for understanding the demographic makeup, health status, and dietary regimes of the heterogeneous peoples that comprised the imperial population. Bioarchaeologists are therefore leading the way in answering questions about the life experiences of all social classes in the Roman Empire. By integrating bioarchaeological studies with traditional analyses of material culture and texts and with innovative and interdisciplinary biochemical analyses, the diversity of the Romans in all areas of the Empire is becoming apparent.

State of Knowledge

Bioarchaeology is the study of skeletal remains from archaeological sites...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of West FloridaPensacolaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey A. Becker
    • 1
  • Alison Barclay
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Classical and Near Eastern StudiesBinghamton University - SUNYBinghamtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Modern Languages and ClassicsSaint Mary's UniversityHalifaxCanada