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Archaeological Human Remains

Global Perspectives

  • Barra O’Donnabhain
  • María Cecilia Lozada

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Barra O’Donnabhain, María Cecilia Lozada
    Pages 1-12
  3. María A. Bordach, Osvaldo J. Mendonça, Mario A. Arrieta, Lila Bernardi
    Pages 13-27
  4. Judith Littleton
    Pages 41-52
  5. Sheila M. F. Mendonça de Souza
    Pages 53-63
  6. Don Brothwell
    Pages 65-84
  7. Jerome S. Cybulski, M. Anne Katzenberg
    Pages 85-103
  8. Αnna Lagia, Anastasia Papathanasiou, Sevi Triantaphyllou
    Pages 105-126
  9. Hildur Gestsdóttir
    Pages 127-137
  10. Veena Mushrif-Tripathy
    Pages 139-153
  11. Barra O’Donnabhain, Eileen Murphy
    Pages 155-164
  12. Handan Üstündağ, Gökçe Bike Yazıcıoğlu
    Pages 199-211
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 247-252

About this book


This volume addresses the directions that studies of archaeological human remains have taken in a number of different countries, where attitudes range from widespread support to prohibition. Overlooked in many previous publications, this diversity in attitudes is examined through a variety of lenses, including academic origins, national identities, supporting institutions, archaeological context, and globalization.   The volume situates this diversity of attitudes by examining past and current tendencies in studies of archaeologically-retrieved human remains across a range of geopolitical settings.  In a context where methodological approaches have been increasingly standardized in recent decades, the volume poses the question if this standardization has led to a convergence in approaches to archaeological human remains or if significant differences remain between practitioners in different countries. The volume also explores the future trajectories of the study of skeletal remains in the different jurisdictions under scrutiny. 


archaeological skeletal studies biological anthropology differences in attitudes about excavations ethnic studies and archaeological human remains globalization and archaeological human remains trajectory of the study of human remains

Editors and affiliations

  • Barra O’Donnabhain
    • 1
  • María Cecilia Lozada
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

About the editors

Dr. Barra O’Donnabhain, who holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, is an Irish bioarchaeologist who has been conducting archaeological research in Ireland and other parts of the world for over 25 years. His publications cover a wide temporal span as well as a broad range of themes but are characterized by an integrative approach in their reconstructions of past lives. This is exemplified by recent papers dealing with the political use of the ritualized violence of public executions (2011) and the role of the quotidian use of material culture in the construction of identity in Viking Age Dublin (2013). He co-edited the volume “The Dead Tell Tales” that was published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA (2013). O’Donnabhain has directed and collaborated in archaeological projects in a number of world areas.  His recent focus has been on institutional confinement. From 2009 to 2011, he directed excavations at a putative leper hospital in south west Ireland and in 2012 he began excavations at the 19th century prison at Spike Island, also in Ireland. Also in 2012, he directed the mortuary component of excavations at an Inca outpost in southern Peru in collaboration with researchers from UCLA and USC. He is currently on the faculty of the Department of Archaeology at University College Cork and is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Field Research. 

Dr. María Cecilia Lozada is a Peruvian bioarchaeologist who has been conducting archaeological research in the South Central Andes for the last 20 years, and holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the past, combining archaeology, human osteology and ethnohistory, which is exemplified in her book: “El Señorío de Chiribaya en la Costa Sur del Perú” (2002) and multiple publications that showcase her integrated social and biological reconstructions of past Andean societies.  In 2013, she co-edited the volume “The Dead Tell Tales” that was published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA.  For the past 7 years, Lozada has been the main field archaeologist and human osteologist for several multidisciplinary and collaborative projects in northern Chile co-sponsored by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and La Universidad de Chile.  In 2009, she initiated a new archaeological project in the Vitor valley in southern Peru. As the Principal Investigator of the Vitor Archaeological Project, Lozada leads a multinational team that includes Peruvian investigators as well as numerous American students and researchers from institutions such as UCLA, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and The University of Chicago.  She is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and has been actively working to promote collaborations between local universities in Peru and the United States through her projects.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Archaeological Human Remains
  • Book Subtitle Global Perspectives
  • Editors Barra O’Donnabhain
    María Cecilia Lozada
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-06369-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-06370-6
  • Series ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4910
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 252
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
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