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The Bioarchaeology of Children

by Mary E Lewis
New England Journal of Medicine ()
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This book is the first to be devoted entirely to the study of childrens skeletons from archaeological and forensic contexts. It provides an exten- sive review of the osteological methods and theoretical concepts of their analysis. Non-adult skeletons provide a wealth of information on the physical and social life of the child from their growth, diet and age at death, to factors that expose them to trauma and disease at different stages of their lives. This book covers non-adult skeletal preservation; the assessment of age, sex and ancestry; growth and development; infant and child mortality including infanticide; weaning ages and diseases of dietary deficiency; skeletal pathology; personal identification; and expo- sure to traumafrombirth injuries, accidentsandchild abuse, providing new insights for undergraduates and postgraduates in osteology, palaeopathol- ogy and forensic anthropology.

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