This advanced textbook provides the reader with an up-to-date account of recent developments and future potential in the study of human skeletons from both an archaeological and forensic context. It is well-illustrated, comprehensive in its coverage and is divided into six sections for ease of reference, encompassing such areas as palaeodemography, juvenile health and growth, disease and trauma, normal skeletal variation, biochemical and microscopic analyses and facial reconstruction. Each chapter is written by a recognised specialist in the field, and includes in-depth discussion of the reliability of methods, with appropriate references, and current and future research directions. It is essential reading for all students undertaking osteology as part of their studies and will also prove a valuable reference for forensic scientists, both in the field and the laboratory.
“To its advantage, Human Osteology in Archaeology is a pretty good value at USD65, and is certainly going to provide students with a solid introduction to the many facets of human skeletal biology. Even with its content geared toward the UK market, I would encourage all instructors to have a look at this compilation as a good source of readings for courses that introduce theory and methods for osteological reconstructions.” – Reviewed in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology 114:365-368 (2001) Reviewed by Robert Hoppa. Department of Anthropology. University of Manitoba. Canada