The Bioarchaeology of Violence

The Bioarchaeology of Violence

eBook - 2012
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"Human violence is an inescapable aspect of our society and culture. As the archaeological record clearly shows, this has always been true. What is its origin? What role does it play in shaping our behavior? How do ritual acts and cultural sanctions make violence acceptable? These and other questions are addressed by the contributors to The Bioarchaeology of Violence. Organized thematically, the volume opens by laying the groundwork for new theoretical approaches that move beyond interpretation; it then examines case studies from small-scale conflict to warfare to ritualized violence. Experts on a wide range of ancient societies highlight the meaning and motivation of past uses of violence, revealing how violence often plays an important role in maintaining and suppressing the challenges to the status quo, and how it is frequently a performance meant to be witnessed by others. The interesting and nuanced insights offered in this volume explore both the costs and the benefits of violence throughout human prehistory."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, Ă2012
ISBN: 9780813043630
0813043638
9780813041506
0813041503
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 291 pages) : illustrations, maps
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