This volume brings together a range of contributors with different and hybrid academic backgrounds to explore, through bioarchaeology, the past human experience in the territories that span Mesoamerica.
This handbook provides systematic bioarchaeological coverage of skeletal research in the ancient Mesoamericas. It offers an integrated collection of engrained, bioculturally embedded explorations of relevant and timely topics, such as population shifts, lifestyles, body concepts, beauty, gender, health, foodways, social inequality, and violence. The additional treatment of new methodologies, local cultural settings, and theoretic frames rounds out the scope of this handbook. The selection of 36 chapter contributions invites readers to engage with the human condition in ancient and not-so-ancient Mesoamerica and beyond.
The Routledge Handbook of Mesoamerican Bioarchaeology is addressed to an audience of Mesoamericanists, students, and researchers in bioarchaeology and related fields. It serves as a comprehensive reference for courses on Mesoamerica, bioarchaeology, and Native American studies.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|114 pages
Framing Mesoamerican Bioarchaeology
part Part II|103 pages
Across the Human Landscapes of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
part Part III|89 pages
The Bioarchaeology of Cities, Neighborhoods, and Communities
part Part IV|80 pages
The Body as a Cultural Construct
part Part V|59 pages
Life Style, Diet, and Health
part Part VI|93 pages
Population and Mobility
part Part VII|70 pages
Breaking New Grounds in Methodology
part Part VIII|73 pages
The Bioarchaeology of the Thresholds of Modernity