7. Population Migration, Variation, and Identity

An Islamic Population in Iberia

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

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch7

Social Bioarchaeology

Social Bioarchaeology

How to Cite

Zakrzewski, S. (2011) Population Migration, Variation, and Identity, in Social Bioarchaeology (eds S. C. Agarwal and B. A. Glencross), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California Berkeley, USA

  2. 3

    Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Southampton, England, 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



  • population migration, variation and identity - Islamic Population in Iberia;
  • multiple strands of identity, and role - of religion in identity construction;
  • social identity, aspects of ethnicity - identification of biological affinities;
  • bioarchaeology of ethnicity - active maintenance of cultural boundaries through social interaction;
  • humans, modest levels of genetic differentiation - compared with large-bodied mammals;
  • migration, a well-studied aspect of human behavior - processual and post-processual archaeology;
  • case study from medieval Islamic assemblage from Iberia - biological and social variability;
  • migration and mobility in Écija population - chemical composition of dental enamel, isotopic signature of geographic location of childhood residence;
  • morphological variation in permanent dentition - Arizona State University dental anthropology system (ASUDAS);
  • Iberian genetic identity and ethnicity - populations of Europe, identifying large-scale migrations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bioarchaeological Identity

  • The Bioarchaeology of Ethnicity

  • Identifying Migration

  • Population Variation and Affinity

  • Islam and Medieval Iberia

  • Islamic Écija

  • Identity and Ethnicity in Islamic Ecija

  • Funerary Aspects of Identity

  • Migration and Mobility in the Écija Population

  • Craniometric Ethnicity

  • Nonmetric Traits and Ethnicity

  • Iberian Genetic Identity and Ethnicity

  • Bioarchaeological Identity within Islamic Écija

  • Acknowledgments

  • References