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Piecing together the puzzle: The bioarchaeology of early complex societies in Iberia

Thursday, October 1, 2015
12:00 AM
Room 2009 Ruthven Museums Building

This talk introduces current bioarchaeological research on a large-scale Copper Age (c. 4,000-5,000 BP) enclosure site in JaƩn, Spain. The presentation will discuss the unique challenges presented by working with salvage-excavated collections, and describe the various methodological strategies (including fragmentation-zonation approaches, dental analysis and gray literature research) used to facilitate the collection and analysis of data from fragmentary and commingled human skeletal remains. Finally, initial results describing patterning in burial treatment, mobility, and diet will be presented as a means of reconstructing social organization at some of the earliest large-scale villages in Iberia.

Jess Beck, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Michigan