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Title: A multidisciplinary approach to the social determinants of funerary treatment and human health based on the multivariate analysis of osteological and funerary data from the classical and hellenistic city of Ambrakia, northwest Greece
Author: Berry, Helena Kathryn.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2002
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The current thesis presents a unique approach to the integration of osteological and funerary data. This approach exploits the nature of archaeological funerary and osteological data and their relationship to social factors to examine the social correlates of funerary treatment, diet and health. This is achieved via a reconceptualization of the relationship between osteological evidence and funerary data as a potential juxtaposition between evidence based on the lived reality of the individual and that constituted in the arena of death by the burying group. The new approach was applied to funerary and osteological data from the Classical and Hellenistic city of Ambrakia in northwest Greece. This entailed a detailed assessment of the relationships between funerary treatments, biological variables, indicators of health and stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of dietary content. This analysis was performed utilizing the multivariate statistical procedures logistic regression and factorial ANOVA (GLM). The results indicate that the current approach permits the identification of variable relationships that cannot be anticipated or visualized utilizing traditional methods of integration. The thesis establishest he importance and complexity of intra-population patterns of health, and of their correlation with funerary treatments, in providing social explanations of observed variation in osteological and funerary remains
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Archaeology Archaeology