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Intensification, population and social change in Southeastern Australia: the skeletal evidence
Aboriginal History (1984)
  • Steve Webb, Australian National University
Abstract

Extract:

Previously, insights into past societies have nearly always been achieved through archaeological investigation, but by studying skeletal rather than cultural remains it is possible to make substantial additions to this knowledge. This is especially so in regard to the evaluation of environmental pressures exerted on individuals living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Such biological studies also add further dimensions to the investigation of prehistory. It is, after all, people, not their tools and chattels, that suffer the vagaries of the environment in which they live, and these vagaries are often reflected in the form of diagnosable traits within the skeleton.

Keywords
  • Aboriginal groups,
  • society,
  • skeletal material,
  • pathology,
  • anthropology,
  • health and disease
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Citation Information
Steve Webb. "Intensification, population and social change in Southeastern Australia: the skeletal evidence" Aboriginal History (1984)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/steve_webb/2/