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Bioarchaeology of Injuries and Violence in Early Medieval Europe

Jorge López Quiroga, Luis Ríos Frutos
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250 pages
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Archaeological Studies on Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Europe (400-1000 A.D.), Monographs, 4
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Bioarchaeology of Injuries and Violence in Early Medieval Europe presents evidence and documents forms of violence and injuries in skeletal remains. Its contributions address this topic for the first time in a chronologically specific arc (Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages) and a wide geographical area (Greece, England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain). The diversity of examples of interpersonal violence, collective violence (mass graves), punishments, and ante-mortem and post-mortem injuries provides an important data set concerning the degree and dimension of violence and injuries in post-Roman Europe. Osteoarchaeological and bioarchaeological analysis of human remains, together with exhaustive studies of corpses, from the time of burial to exhumation, makes it possible to identify burials as ‘non-normative', ‘anomalous’ or ‘deviant’ burials that may be the result of violence, including evidence of punishments and executions.

Jorge López Quiroga is Senior Researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid. His research focuses on Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in the Iberian Peninsula and in the post-Roman West. He is the editor of Entangled Identities and Otherness in Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe (BAR Publishing, 2017), among others, and co-editor since 2006 of the BAR sub-series Archaeological Studies on Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe (ASLAEME).

Luis Ríos Frutos, Biologist and Anthropologist, is Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Researcher at Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi. He has authored numerous publications on human bones spanning from the Neanderthals from El Sidrón, to mass graves from the Spanish Civil War.

Contributors: Kurt W. Alt, Fabrizia Andriani, Fabio Armenise, Agustín Azkárate, Jo Buckberry, Chryssa Bourbou, Mª Paz De Miguel Ibañez, Francisco Etxeberria, I Etxeberria, Véronique Gallien (†), Dawn Hadley, Lourdes Herrasti, Rachel Holgate, Jorge López Quiroga, Alyxandra Mattison, Christian Meyer, Ginevra Anna Panzarino, Patrick Périn, Luis Ríos Frutos, Iban Sánchez-Pinto, Sandro Sublimi Saponetti, Michelle Williams-Ward

‘This publication will certainly expand our knowledge on the findings of interpersonal violence. Especially since the focus is on regions that are often off the main focus of early medieval research, particularly in Central Europe.’ Dr Georg Kokkotidis, Landesmuseum Württemberg

‘The book is a welcome publication that offers some new perspectives on bioarchaeology of violence. The issue of violence is very topical in recent days. Violence pervades the lives of many people around the world, and touches all of us in some way.’ Dr Anna Pankowská, University of West Bohemia

‘This work brings together diverse geographic examples from across the early medieval world. The different contexts of violence in many of the contributions are significant, as they display the breadth and diversity of manifestations of violence in this period.’ Dr Lauren Hosek, University of Colorado-Boulder

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