Cheating death in prehistory: pathology, trauma, disability, and care during the archaic period in North Alabama

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dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor Blitz, John Howard
dc.contributor Richardson, Mark T.
dc.contributor.advisor Jacobi, Keith P. Simpson, Diana 2018-01-19T19:38:15Z 2018-01-19T19:38:15Z 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002770
dc.identifier.other Simpson_alatus_0004M_13263
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Bioarchaeological studies exploring provision of care for the disabled in prehistoric societies often have received criticism on the basis of lack of evidence or inadequate rigorous inquiry. The recently introduced bioarchaeology of care model alleviates these criticisms by providing a standardized methodology for the identification of care in the archaeological record. This study applies this new model for care research to a prehistoric Archaic Period population from the Mulberry Creek site (1Ct27) in North Alabama, exploring possible trends in care. This region has long been known to demonstrate evidence of violence in the past, but has never been examined in relation to what could be viewed as the opposite of violence: caregiving behaviors. It is argued that the use of a combination of skeletal, artefactual, mortuary, and ethnohistorical analysis can reveal important trends in disability and provision of care in prehistory. The results of this study show that care was occurring at the site during the Late Archaic Period, and suggest that the decision to provide care was likely linked to complex social and biological factors of individual and group identity. This information provides valuable insight into the treatment of disabled individuals in the past, and adds to our understanding of the peoples of prehistoric Alabama and the wider Southeastern United States.
dc.format.extent 105 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Physical anthropology
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.title Cheating death in prehistory: pathology, trauma, disability, and care during the archaic period in North Alabama
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology Anthropology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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