Theory and Practice in the Bioarchaeology of Care

  • Lorna Tilley

Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)

About this book


This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to, and explanation of, the theory and practice of the ‘bioarchaeology of care’, an original, fully theorised and contextualised case study-based approach designed to identify and interpret cases of care provision in prehistory.  The applied methodology comprises four stages of analysis, each building on the content of the preceding one(s), which provide the framework for this process.  Theory and Practice in the Bioarchaeology of Care is the primary source of information on this new approach and serves as a manual for its implementation. It elaborates the foundations on which the bioarchaeology of care is constructed; it leads the reader through the methodology; and it provides three detailed examples of prehistoric caregiving which illustrate how bioarchaeology of care analysis has the capacity to reveal aspects of past group and individual identity and lifeways which might otherwise have remained unknown. 


Bioarchaeology of Care Biological selection and care Caregiving in archaeological theory Challenges to the inference of care Emotion and the origins of care Practical limitations of palaeopathology analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Lorna Tilley
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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