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The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Michelle Bonogofsky (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Featuring a wealth of case studies on human skulls recovered from ethnographic and archaeological contexts around the world, this book focuses on the question of whose skulls and heads were collected ... More


The Social Lives of Severed Heads: Skull Collection and Display in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland

Barra O'Donnabhain

in The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter on skulls from medieval Ireland integrates three lines of evidence—archaeology, literature and iconography—to show that the severing of heads and their collection and public display in ... More


Marking Ethnicity Through Premortem Cranial Modification Among the Pre-Inca Chiribaya, Peru

María Cecilia Lozada

in The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter reconstructs identity and assesses group differentiation among the pre-Inca Chiribaya of southern Peru (ad 700–1359) based on an analysis of cranial modification complemented by other ... More


Nasca Trophy Head Origins and Ancient DNA

Kathleen Forgey

in The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter focuses on the origins of culturally modified human crania, or “trophy heads,” from the Early Nasca phases (ad 1–450) of the Nasca culture (ad 1–750) of the South Coast of Peru, where ... More


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