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Bioarchaeology in a general sense is the discipline that deals with the study of any biological remains recovered from archaeological contexts. It concerns the analysis of human osteological remains of archaeological interest.
Bioarchaeology is an integrative, holistic field that combines different theories, methods, and studies to offer a comprehensive interpretative framework of archaeol
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Vol. 1 No. 3 (2023)

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Editorial

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Possible Micronutrient Deficiency Disease in Medieval Non-Adults from a Religious Alpine Context in Northeastern Italy.
Omar Larentis
• Discussing anthropological data from a biocultural perspective to gain a comprehensive understanding of the context.
• Highlighting and documenting micronutrient deficiency diseases in non-adults in an area and period that have received limited attention in the scientific literature.
• Providing new insights into burial practices of infants between the medieval and early modern periods in an alpine context.

 

REVIEW: PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Bioarchaeology in Senegal: state of the art and new perspectives in dental anthropology
Ibrahima Oumar Sy, Tigran-Lucian Mandalian, Demba Kebe
• Senegalese bioarchaeology is in its infancy. It is limited to estimates of identity.
• The adoption of bioarchaeology in Senegal will help to reconstruct colonial production.
• Dental anthropology is a promising prospect for Senegalese archaeology.

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: MUSEUM
Bioarchaeology as a means to enhance the territory
Marta Licata, Arianna Vanni
• To address the issue of valorization of minor and proximity touristic sites.
• To illustrate a model of territorial, cultural and tourist enhancement based on bioarchaeology.
• To describe new ways of disseminating scientific results to the interested community.

 

SHORT COMMUNICATION: ZOOARCHAEOLOGY
Birds nesting in human remains: an unexplored phenomenon
Roberta Fusco
• Ossuaries, intended for human bone preservation, transform unexpectedly into habitats for birds, presenting a distinctive avenue for scientific exploration.
• Birds opt for ossuaries for nesting, attracted by the stable substrate of human remains, particularly the enduring nature of skulls.
• The phenomenon of bird nesting in ossuaries opens a unique window for taphonomic analysis, unveiling insights into bone preservation and ecological dynamics in unconventional environments.

 

SHORT COMMUNICATION: ZOOARCHAEOLOGY
Companions in eternity. To the historical practice of burying pets
Arianna Vanni, Roberta Fusco
• To present the recovery of an ossuary-chest from a family chapel, also containing cat remains.
• To trace the history of animal burials, with a focus on Italy.
• To distinguish pets buried with their master from individual animal depositions.

 

CASE REPORT: ARCHAEOBOTANY
Analysis of the funerary ritual of the necropolis Ex Manifattura Tabacchi of Piacenza
Federica Riso
• A new roman necropolis was discovered in 2021 in Piacenza.
• Systematic archaeobotanical sampling has been carried out during the excavation.
• Fava beans (Vicia faba var. minor) are the most frequent seeds.
• In Roman times, fava beans were used during the funerary rituals for their symbology.

Published: 08-01-2024

Editorial

Our bioarchaeological itinerary is ready

Marta Licata
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Original Article: Physical Anthropology

Review: Physical Anthropology

Bioarchaeology in Senegal: state of the art and new perspectives in dental anthropology

Ibrahima Oumar Sy, Tigran-Lucian Mandalian, Demba Kebe
Abstract 19 | PDF Downloads 26

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Original Article: Museum

Bioarchaeology as a means to enhance the territory

Marta Licata, Arianna Vanni
Abstract 18 | PDF Downloads 16

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Case Report: Archaeobotany

Short Communication: Zooarchaeology

Birds nesting in humans remains: an unexplored phenomenon

Roberta Fusco
Abstract 19 | PDF Downloads 16

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Companions in eternity. The historical practice of burying pets

Arianna Vanni, Roberta Fusco
Abstract 29 | PDF Downloads 24

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