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Age and Health  

Walter Scheidel

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Jun 2012
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Nov 2012
Roman Egypt is the only part of the ancient world where documentary evidence for the age composition of the general population has survived. Pertinent information is provided by extant ... More

Ancient Identities  

Gillian Shepherd

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May 2013
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Aug 2013
This chapter illustrates the ways in which three critical social identities—age, gender, and ethnicity—could be depicted through the archaeological mortuary record of ancient Greece and Greek ... More

The Art of the Catacombs  

Fabrizio Bisconti

The art of the catacombs was born in Rome between the second and third centuries and is manifested especially in the pictorial decorations of the cubicula and other hypogeal environments. ... More

Beautiful Things and Bones of Desire  

Liv Nilsson Stutz and Sarah Tarlow

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May 2013
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Aug 2013
The archaeological study of death is a multifaceted field of study. Rapidly developing scientific and technical methods of examining human remains allow modern scholars to examine past lives through ... More

Belief and the Archaeology of Death  

Sarah Tarlow

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May 2013
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Aug 2013
Belief is not the same as religion, although the two words are often used as synonyms. Instead, beliefs may pertain to any aspect of how the world is known and understood and are the frameworks upon ... More

Birth and Childhood  

Sally Crawford

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Jan 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter provides a brief overview of the emergence of children and childhood as a subject for archaeological investigation, before outlining archaeological evidence for medieval birth ... More

Burials and Human Remains of the Eastern Mediterranean in Early Christian Context  

Sherry C. Fox and Paraskevi Tritsaroli

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Jan 2019
This chapter examines the contribution of the contextual study of human skeletal remains of Early Christian burials in the eastern Mediterranean. Bioarchaeological studies of sites in ... More

The Catacombs  

Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai

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Jan 2019
The Roman catacombs, dated to the early third century, are characterized by regular plans that made the best use of available space. In the late third and fourth centuries, the catacombs ... More

Chambered Tombs and Passage Graves of Western and Northern Europe  

Vicki Cummings, Magdalena S. Midgley†, and Chris Scarre

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Mar 2015
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Jul 2014
This contribution explores variations in the construction, form, use, and re-use of Neolithic chambered tombs in three key areas of northern and western Europe: (1) France and Iberia; (2) ... More

Child Sacrifice in the Ancient Andes: Power and Sociopolitical Dynamics in Antiquity  

Deborah Blom

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May 2018
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Jun 2018
While reports of child sacrifice in the ancient Andes are often sensationalized to captivate popular audiences, the study of the practice provides archaeologists with an important means of ... More

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