Beyond Compare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128128787

Beyond Compare

1st Edition

Addressing Issues in Comparative Osteological Research

Authors: Joel Cahn
Paperback ISBN: 9780128128787
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 170
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Description

Knowledge production in bioarchaeology is governed both by the subjects studied and the methods employed. Due to the indirect nature of bone-based analyses, interpretations of population lifestyle, health, and disease are routinely made through intra and intergroup comparisons of lesion rates in skeletal assemblages. The results generated through comparisons are confounded by factors such as preservation and age-at-death differences (among others), and are subject to the biases inherent in the comparative methods themselves. Bioarchaeologists have drawn on comparative methods from a variety of fields, and although standards have been published for data collection, little has been published on the impact of comparison method selection on the results obtained and the subsequent interpretations made.

This volume fulfills the need for a volume dedicated to the meta-analysis of the actual comparative methods commonly employed in bioarchaeology. Beyound Compare educates the reader on the range of confounding effects present in comparative skeletal analysis and provide best-practice recommendations. It aims to increase awareness of the various problems that arise when comparing skeletal data, and to equip the reader with the necessary tools so that they may perform appropriate skeletal comparisons, and generate the most accurate and defensible interpretations possible.

Key Features

  • Covers common and detail problems that arise in comparing skeletal data
  • Equips the reader with the skill to perform appropriate skeletal comparisons
  • Informs how to make accurate and defensible interpretations
  • Provides best-practice recommendations

Readership

Graduate students completing research-based degrees, upper year undergraduates carrying out independent research projects, as well as any academic or professional bioarchaeologists, zooarchaeologists, epidemiologists, or other physical anthropologists seeking to compare skeletal data

Table of Contents

Part 1 Analysing the Analyses
1. Skeletal Preservation and Missing Data
2. Differences in Demography: Age and Sex
3. Recording and Classification of Skeletal Lesions
4. Research Design
5. Focus on Fractures

Part 2 Interpretation Considerations
6. Knowledge Production: Death v. Life, Health v. Disease
7. Novel Approaches to Skeletal Comparisons of Growth
8. Dealing with Digital Data
9. Conclusions

Details

No. of pages:
170
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2019
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780128128787

About the Author

Joel Cahn

Dr. Cahn is currently a Lecturer in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. He has a decade of experience teaching numerous topics in forensic science and osteology, as well as several years of forensic anthropology casework experience. In the past he has studied violence and trauma and his current focus is the confounding effects of age and differential preservation on fracture frequency comparison.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Forensic Science Program, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada

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