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The Global History of PaleopathologyPioneers and Prospects$
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Jane Buikstra and Charlotte Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.001.0001

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Charles “Chuck” Merbs

Charles “Chuck” Merbs

Reconstructing Behavior Through the Bones

(p.60) 8 Charles “Chuck” Merbs
The Global History of Paleopathology

Phillip L. Walker

Jane E. Buikstra

Stephanie Mcbride-Schreiner

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Charles “Chuck” Merbs. This is followed by a discussion of his contributions to paleopathology. Chuck has enriched the field of paleopathology as a researcher, mentor, instructor, and collaborator. One of his most significant contributions to paleopathology is his innovative approach to the study of ancient disease—the reconstruction of behavior through skeletal analysis. His approach extends beyond his skeletal analysis to include biocultural and archaeological contexts, such as mortuary practices, and activity patterns, disease evolution and anomalies, and the effects of trauma.

Keywords:   ancient disease, skeletal analysis, paleopathology, history, biography

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