Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton by M. Anne Katzenberg, Shelley R. Saunders

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By M. Anne Katzenberg, Shelley R. Saunders

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As such, human remains are extremely valuable sources of evidence for reconstructing what actually happened in the past. This esoteric view that bioarchaeologists hold concerning the central role that collections of human skeletal remains play in helping us to obtain an objective view of history is not widespread. Most of the world’s population views human remains with a mixture of morbid fascination and dread because they serve as such vivid reminders of one’s own mortality and impending death.

The ancient Greeks held elaborate funeral rituals to help a dead person’s soul find its way across the River Styx to a community of souls in the underworld. Once in the underworld there was continued communion between the living and the dead. For example, the soul of a dead person could be reborn in a new body if their living family members continued to attend to their needs by bringing them honey cakes and other special foods on ceremonial occasions (Barber, 1988). By medieval times most people continued to view death as a semi-permanent state in which the living and the spirit of the dead person could maintain contact with each other.

Returning to Hoyme’s remarks about societal contributions as a measure of the maturation of a discipline, the growth of forensic anthropology would suggest that our field is mature indeed. Katzenberg and Saunders, in their three volumes, have masterfully represented both the maturity and the methodologies of biological anthropology. Thus, they have both enriched our science and advanced our field. REFERENCES Aufderheide A. 2003. The Scientific Study of Mummies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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