The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict

by Christopher Knusel
Publisher: Routledge
Release Date: 2019-12-14
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Pages: 752 pages
ISBN 13: 9780367868277
ISBN 10: 036786827X
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
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Synopsis : The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict written by Christopher Knusel, published by Routledge which was released on 2019-12-14. Download The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. This edited volume focuses on skeletal remains from prehistoric to recent times as the most direct evidence for conflict in the past, allowing the bodies to lead the evidence in considering the social context of warfare. -- If human burials were our only window onto the past, what story would they tell? Skeletal injuries constitute the most direct and unambiguous evidence for violence in the past. Whereas weapons or defenses may simply be statements of prestige or status and written sources are characteristically biased and incomplete, human remains offer clear and unequivocal evidence of physical aggression reaching as far back as we have burials to examine. Warfare is often described as 'senseless' and as having no place in society. Consequently, its place in social relations and societal change remains obscure. The studies in The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict present an overview of the nature and development of human conflict from prehistory to recent times as evidenced by the remains of past people themselves in order to explore the social contexts in which such injuries were inflicted. A broadly chronological approach is taken from prehistory through to recent conflicts, however this book is not simply a catalogue of injuries illustrating weapon development or a narrative detailing 'progress' in warfare but rather provides a framework in which to explore both continuity and change based on a range of important themes which hold continuing relevance throughout human development.