Chapter 3. Taphonomy and the Nature of Archaeological Assemblages

  1. M. Anne Katzenberg Ph.D.2 and
  2. Shelley R. Saunders Ph.D.3
  1. Dr. Ann L. W. Stodder Ph.D.

Published Online: 9 AUG 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470245842.ch3

Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Second Edition

Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Second Edition

How to Cite

Stodder, A. L. W. (2008) Taphonomy and the Nature of Archaeological Assemblages, in Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Second Edition (eds M. A. Katzenberg and S. R. Saunders), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470245842.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 AUG 2007
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471793724

Online ISBN: 9780470245842

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Keywords:

  • death and mortuary programs;
  • content and condition of skeletal assemblages;
  • animal scavenging and thermal alteration

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Taphonomy as Assemblage History

  • Mortuary Programs and the Archaeological Record

  • Archaeological Recovery of Human Remains

  • Preservation and Decomposition of Human Bone

  • Animal Agents in Human Bone Modification

  • Human Agents and Human Intentions in Bone Modification

  • Studying Museum Collections

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References