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The backbone of Europe : health, diet, work and violence over two millennia / edited by Richard H. Steckel, Clark Spencer Larsen, Charlotte A. Roberts, Joerg Baten.

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Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Copyright Notice ©2019
Descriptionxvi, 462 pages ; 26 cm.
Other author/creatorSteckel, Richard H. (Richard Hall), 1944- editor.
Other author/creatorLarsen, Clark Spencer, editor.
Other author/creatorRoberts, Charlotte A., editor.
Other author/creatorBaten, Joerg, editor.
Series Cambridge studies in biological and evolutionary anthropology
Cambridge studies in biological and evolutionary anthropology.
Contents The European History of Health Project : introduction to goals, materials, and methods / Richard H. Steckel, Clark Spencer Larsen, Charlotte A. Roberts, and Joerg Baten -- Contextual dimensions of health and lifestyle : isotopes, diet, migration, and the archaeological and historical records / Rimantas Jankauskas and Gisela Grupe -- Measuring community health using skeletal remains : a health index for Europe / Richard H. Steckel and Anna Kjellström -- The history of European oral health : evidence from dental caries and antemortem tooth loss / Ursula Witwer-Backofen and Felix Engel -- Proliferative periosteal reactions : assessment of trends in Europe over the past two millennia / Carina Marques, Vitor Matos, and Nicholas J. Meinzer -- Growth disruption in children : linear enamel hypoplasias / Zsolt Bereczki, Maria Teschler-Nicola, Antonia Marcsik, Nicholas J. Meinzer, and Joerg Baten -- History of anemia and related nutritional deficiencies : evidence from cranial porosities / Anastasia Papathanasiou, Nicholas J. Meinzer, Kimberly D. Williams, and Clark Spencer Larsen -- Agricultural specialization, urbanization, workload and stature / Nicholas J. Meinzer, Richard H. Steckel, and Joerg Baten -- History of degenerative joint disease in people across Europe : bioarchaeological inferences about lifestyle and activity from osteoarthritis and vertebral osteophytosis / Kimberly D. Williams, Nicholas J. Meinzer, and Clark Spencer Larsen -- The history of violence in Europe : evidence from cranial and postcranial bone trauma / Joerg Baten and Richard H. Steckel -- The developmental origins of health and disease : early life health conditions and adult age at death in Europe / Charlotte A. Roberts and Richard H. Steckel -- Climate and health : Europe from the pre-Middle Ages to the nineteenth century / Richard H. Steckel and Felix Engel -- Multidimensional patterns of European health, work, and violence over the past two millennia / Joerg Baten, Richard H. Steckel, Clark Spencer Larsen, and Charlotte A. Roberts -- Data collection codebook / Richard H. Steckel, Clark Spencer Larsen, Paul W. Sciulli, and Phillip L. Walker -- Database creation, management, and analysis / Charlotte A. Roberts, Richard H. Steckel, and Clark Spencer Larsen.
Abstract "Using human skeletal remains, this volume traces health, workload and violence in the European population over the past 2,000 years. Health was surprisingly good for people who lived during the early Medieval Period. The Plague of Justinian of the 6th century was ultimately beneficial for health because the smaller population had relatively more resources that contributed to better living conditions. Increasing population density and inequality in the following centuries imposed an unhealthy diet - poor in protein - on the European population. With the onset of the Little Ice Age in the late Middle Ages, a further health decline ensued, which was not reversed until the nineteenth century. While some aspects of health declined, other attributes improved. During the early modern period, interpersonal violence (outside of warfare) declined possibly because stronger states and institutions were able to enforce compromise and cooperation. European health over the past two millennia was hence multifaceted in nature"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2018021293
ISBN9781108421959 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN1108421954 hardcover ; alkaline paper

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