Bioarchaeology of Marginalized People - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128152249, 9780128152256

Bioarchaeology of Marginalized People

1st Edition

Editors: Madeleine Mant Alyson Holland
eBook ISBN: 9780128152256
Paperback ISBN: 9780128152249
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2019
Page Count: 220
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Bioarchaeology of Marginalized People amplifies the echoes of voices of previously marginalized or powerless individuals. Archaeological investigations have generally taken a top-down approach to exploring the past, trying to reconstruct individual lives through datasets concerning populations. Following previous work done by physical anthropologists on the biology of poverty, this volume will focus on the voices of past actors who would normally be subsumed within a cohort or whose stories represented the minority, rather than the majority. By focusing on previously excluded voices this volume will enrich our understanding of the lived experience of individuals in the past.

Contributors to this volume will highlight the histories and stories of individuals who did not record their own stories, investigate two disparate ancient Egyptian women and discuss five individuals (including an infant) recovered from a high status indigenous cemetery in British Columbia. Additional chapters examine the marginalized individuals whose bodies comprise the Terry and Hamann-Todd collections and investigate inequalities in health status of individuals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Modern clinical population health is researched through a historical lens, bringing a new perspective to the critical public health interventions occurring today. Finally, the editors will weave together themes identified in the chapters, including loss of identity, marginalization of the stigmatized, and the biology of poverty, with a look to future bioarchaeological and anthropological investigations of these topics.

Key Features

  • Highlights the histories and stories of individuals whose voices were silenced, such as workhouse inmates, migrants, those of low socioeconomic status, the chronically ill, and those living in communities without a written language
  • Provides a holistic and more complete understanding of the lived experiences of the past, as well as changes in populations through time
  • Offers an interdisciplinary discussion with contributions from a wide variety of international authors


Biological Anthropologists, Palaeopathologists, Historical Archaeologists, Palaeoepidemiologists, Historians, Museum Curators and Social Epidemiologists. Graduate Level and Upper-Level Undergraduate Level students in Bioarcheology and Archaeology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Mummies, memories and marginalization: the changing social roles of a mummy from ancient to modern times
3. Task Activity and Tooth Wear in a Woman of Ancient Egypt
4. Looking into the Eyes of the Ancient Chiefs of Shíshálh: The osteology and facial reconstructions of a 4000-year-old high status family
5. "Officially absent but actually present": bioarchaeological evidence for population diversity in London during the Black Death, AD 1348-50
6. Marginalized by Choice – Kayenta Pueblo Communities in the Southwest (AD 800-1500)
7. Marginalized Bodies and the Construction of American Anatomical Collections
8. Health inequity and spatial divides: infant mortality during Hamilton, Ontario’s industrial transition, 1880-1912
9. In the Shadow of War: The Forgotten 1916 Polio Epidemic in New Zealand
10. Exploring the Effects of Structural Inequality in an Individual from Nineteenth-Century Chicago
11. Down and out in Post Medieval London: Changes in Welfare Ideology and the Impact on the Health of Workhouse Inmates
12. Innovation in population health intervention research: a historical perspective
13. Mapping Marginalized Pasts


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About the Editor

Madeleine Mant

Madeleine L. Mant, PhD, is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has published bioarcheological and historical articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Her Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship-funded doctoral research involved the uniting of archival and skeletal data to study skeletal trauma and fracture experience in Georgian London, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Alyson Holland

Alyson Jaagumägi Holland, PhD, has experience in archaeology, biological, and medical anthropology. She has published on topics related to bioarchaeology and medical anthropology, including her doctoral using qualitative methods to explore nutrition and osteoporosis in Canadian young adults. Dr. Holland is also active in bioarchaeology as a member of a community archaeology project in British Columbia and is a licensed professional archaeologist. She is currently undertaking a medical degree, seeking to unite her interest in the nutrition of past peoples with modern health interventions.

Affiliations and Expertise

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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