Bioarchaeology

Bioarchaeology - Bioarchaeology A Case Study from...

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Bioarchaeology 26/11/2007 14:12:00 A Case Study from Spitalfields Church, London Excavations at Christ Church Opportunity to study named collection from recent past Opportunity to test assumptions of osteological analysis 1000 coffins removed from vault 387 had name plates that identified them Church records still surviving Bioarchaeology – The study of how human skeletal biology is affected by  human practice It was good for testing archaeological techniques of looking at bones  o People aged worst in the past   archaeologists often overestimated  ages o Check if a woman has given birth Did photography of the vault before excavation to explore the idea They didn’t anticipate lead poising or small pox (on a mummified body) or  archaeologists suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (embalmed bodies  decaying rather than bones) Took 2 years Issues: o Childhood and infant health o Childbirth and maternity o Diet of the middle and upper classes
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