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The Bioarchaeology of Social Control

Assessing Conflict and Cooperation in Pre-Contact Puebloan Society


  • Gives bioarchaeological insight into social control and violence in complex societies

  • Compares Chaco Canyon to research findings at other archaeological sites that appeared to have served as centers for large regional complexes

  • Illustrates how violence in the form of social control is often used as a means of establishing and maintaining peaceful relations in complex societies


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 1-18
  3. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 19-40
  4. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 41-57
  5. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 59-70
  6. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 71-81
  7. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 83-101
  8. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 103-126
  9. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 127-143
  10. Ryan P. Harrod
    Pages 163-167
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 169-172

About this book


Taking a bioarchaeological approach, this book examines the Ancestral Pueblo culture living in the Four Corners region of the United States during the late Pueblo I through the end of the Pueblo III period (AD 850-1300). During this time, a vast system of pueblo villages spread throughout the region creating what has been called the Chaco Phenomenon, named after the large great houses in Chaco Canyon that are thought to have been centers of control. Through a bioarchaeological analysis of the human skeletal remains, this volume provides evidence that key individuals within the hierarchical social structure used a variety of methods of social control, including structural violence, to maintain their power over the interconnected communities.


explaining behavior related to the use or nonuse of violence skeletal remains can be used to address concerns about behavior archaeological evidence of those at risk for violence in society bioarchaeological evidence from Four Corners region violence used as a mechanism of social control

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

About the authors

Ryan Harrod has a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2013) and is currently an Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His research and expertise are in bioarchaeology, paleopathology and forensic anthropology. Working primarily with ancient and historic human remains, he is most interested in questions having to do with identity, health and disease, conflict and violence, social inequality, ethics, and repatriation.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Bioarchaeology of Social Control
  • Book Subtitle Assessing Conflict and Cooperation in Pre-Contact Puebloan Society
  • Authors Ryan P. Harrod
  • Series Title Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
  • Series Abbreviated Title Bioarch. Soc. Theo.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59515-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86642-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59516-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 172
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
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