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Bioarchaeology: achievements and future potentials


About the Lecture:
Bioarchaeology is a sub-discipline at the crossroads between biological anthropology and archaeology. It developed as a result of a desire to draw on and apply techniques developed in the natural sciences, while addressing issues of general concern in the social sciences and humanities. Its inspiration, then, comes not only from biological theory, but also from those developed in subjects such as history, sociology, political science, economics, and sociocultural anthropology. It is intended to cement the bonds with these disciplines to address questions of broad interest. This presentation highlights some of the long-term themes in bioarchaeology, while also addressing some of its current concerns, and charting its future developments. 

About the Speaker:
Christopher Knüsel is Professor of Biological Anthropology in UMR 5199, De la Préhistoire à l'Actuel: Culture, Environnement, et Anthropologie (PACEA) at the Université de Bordeaux, Pessac, France. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin- Madison (B.A. (Hons.), Anthropology, 1984), the University of York (U.K.) (M.A., Medieval Archaeology, 1986), and Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (Ph.D., 1991), where he wrote a dissertation on early hominid cranial biomechanics. His research interests link social archaeology and skeletal biology/osteoarchaeology; especially with regard to activity-related bone change and orthopaedic disabilities; funerary archaeology, with an emphasis Europe and Western Asia from the Palaeolithic to the Later Medieval periods; palaeopathologyand palaeodemography. He serves as Co-Head, with Professor Clark Spencer Larsen (Ohio State University, USA), of the Human Remains Team at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük (Turkey), currently being excavated by Professor Ian Hodder (Stanford University, USA).

This lecture is presented as part of our "Science and Archaeology" series. All lectures take place at the CBRL British Institute in Amman - 102 Uhod Street.