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The Archaeology of Disease by Charlotte Roberts, Keith Manchester


The Archaeology of Disease by Charlotte Roberts, Keith Manchester

The Archaeology of Disease shows how the latest scientific and archaeological techniques can be used to identify the common illnesses and injuries that humans suffered from in antiquity. In order to give a vivid picture of ancient disease and trauma the authors present the results of the latest scientific research and incorporate information gathered from documents, from other areas of archaeology and from art and ethnography. This comprehensive approach to the subject throws fresh light on the health of our ancestors and on the conditions in which they lived, and it gives us an intriguing insight into the ways in which they coped with the pain and discomfort of their existence.

About the Author

CHARLOTTE ROBERTS is a Professor of Archaeology and director of the MSc Palaeopathology in the Department of Archaeology, at Durham University. She has authored/co-authored over 100 scientific papers, and books, including Introduction to forensic archaeology (1996), Burial archaeology: Current research, methods and developments (1989), The Past and Present of Leprosy (2002), Health and disease in Britain: From prehistory to the present day (2003), The bioarchaeology of tuberculosis: A global perspective on a reemerging disease (2003), and Human remains: A Handbook (2009). KEITH MANCHESTER is a General Practitioner in Bradford, and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford where the human remains laboratory in the Biological Anthropology Research Centre is named after him. He has published over 50 papers on palaeopathology, co-edited The Past and Present of Leprosy (2002), and contributed significantly to debates about the recognition of, and antiquity of, leprosy and tuberculosis.

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Publication date

1st July 2010


Charlotte Roberts, Keith Manchester

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The History Press Ltd


352 pages


Archaeological science, methodology & techniques



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