Human violence is an inescapable aspect of our society and culture.
As the archaeological record clearly shows, this has always been true. What is its origin? What role does it play in shaping our behavior? How do ritual acts and cultural sanctions make violence acceptable?
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These and other questions are addressed by the contributors to The Bioarchaeology of Violence. Organized thematically, the volume opens by laying the groundwork for new theoretical approaches that move beyond interpretation; it then examines case studies from small-scale conflict to warfare to ritualized violence.
Experts on a wide range of ancient societies highlight the meaning and motivation of past uses of violence, revealing how violence often plays an important role in maintaining and suppressing the challenges to the status quo, and how it is frequently a performance meant to be witnessed by others.
The interesting and nuanced insights offered in this volume explore both the costs and the benefits of violence throughout human prehistory.
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The Bioarchaeology of Violence Debra L. Table of Contents.
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List of Figures pp. List of Tables pp.
Foreword pp. Introduction: Bioarchaeology and the Study of Violence pp. Part I.
Method and Theory. Part II. Small-Scale Conflict. Part III. Where Are the Warriors?
Part IV. Ritualized Violence. Performances of Imposed Status: Captivity at Cahokia pp. Conclusion: Implications and Future Directions pp. List of Contributors pp. Index pp. Purchase Buy This Book in Print.
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