10. Towards a Social Bioarchaeology of Age

  1. Sabrina C. Agarwal B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.2 and
  2. Bonnie A. Glencross B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.3
  1. Joanna Sofaer

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch10

Social Bioarchaeology

Social Bioarchaeology

How to Cite

Sofaer, J. (2011) Towards a Social Bioarchaeology of Age, in Social Bioarchaeology (eds S. C. Agarwal and B. A. Glencross), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California Berkeley, USA

  2. 3

    Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Southampton, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Lynn Meskell and
  2. Rosemary A. Joyce

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191876

Online ISBN: 9781444390537



  • growth and aging, life course of health and disease - towards a social bioarchaeology of age;
  • age and body in bioarchaeology - age, critical axis for study of human remains;
  • transformations, differences between bodies - changing individual social identity;
  • bioarchaeological study of social identity - in relation to age;
  • uncertainty, age estimation bioarchaeologists - discrete age intervals of constant width categorizing individuals;
  • bioarchaeologists - turning to complex statistical methods;
  • concepts of age in bioarchaeology - philosophy, psychology, social anthropology and sociology;
  • generation of categories, state of affairs - categories, as useful units of analysis;
  • developmental psychology - chronological age and behavioral age;
  • social age as process, as cultural construction - not tied to roles and life course transitions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Age and the Body in Bioarchaeology

  • Age and Bioarchaeology

  • Age and Philosophical Enquiry

  • Age and Psychological Enquiry

  • Age and Social Anthropological Enquiry

  • Age and Sociological Enquiry

  • Conclusion

  • References