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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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History of the Development of Paleopathology in the United Kingdom (UK)

History of the Development of Paleopathology in the United Kingdom (UK)

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(p.568) 61 History of the Development of Paleopathology in the United Kingdom (UK)
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The Global History of Paleopathology
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Charlotte A. Roberts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.003.0061

This chapter discusses the history of paleopathology in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland). Paleopathology is considered a field within bioarchaeology, which is the study of human remains from archaeological sites with emphasis upon archaeological and historical contextualization. The chapter focuses on the study of skeletal and cremated human remains with few references to the more complete bog bodies. It covers the following periods: the early years (late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries), milestones of the 1950s–1980s, and from the 1980s onward. It also considers developments in paleopathology training, data recording standards, databases, skeletal collections, and research funding.

Keywords:   British paleopathology, history, skeletal remains, human remains, bioarchaeology, training, data recording, skeletal collections, research funding, databases

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