2. The Origins of Biocultural Dimensions in Bioarchaeology

  1. Sabrina C. Agarwal B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.3 and
  2. Bonnie A. Glencross B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.4
  1. Molly K. Zuckerman B.A.1 and
  2. George J. Armelagos2

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch2

Social Bioarchaeology

Social Bioarchaeology

How to Cite

Zuckerman, M. K. and Armelagos, G. J. (2011) The Origins of Biocultural Dimensions in Bioarchaeology, in Social Bioarchaeology (eds S. C. Agarwal and B. A. Glencross), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of California Berkeley, USA

  2. 4

    Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA), University of South Carolina, USA

  2. 2

    Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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



  • materials and meaning - nature of skeletal samples;
  • origins of biocultural dimensions in bioarchaeology;
  • biocultural approach, integrative intellectual force - in biological anthropology;
  • Boas, viewing four-field anthropology - as “historically contingent” phenomenon;
  • tracing development and maturation of bioarchaeology - biocultural approach of biological anthropology;
  • biocultural approach - biological anthropology, distinct from other humanistic fields of anthropology;
  • biocultural approach and contributions - from ecological approach in anthropology;
  • biocultural approach within biological anthropology and bioarchaeology;
  • biocultural approach, enabling bioarchaeology's ascendance - in late 20th century;
  • biocultural approach, understanding challenges to human health - past, present and future


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Origins of the Biocultural Approach

  • The Biocultural Approach within Biological Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

  • The Emergence and Development of a Bioculturally-Oriented Bioarchaeology

  • The Current State of Bioculturally-Oriented Bioarchaeological Research

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • Notes

  • References