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The Early Bronze Age I Tombs and Burials of Bab Edh-Dhra', Jordan: Tombs and Burials of Bab Edh-Dhra', Jordan Pt. 1

The Early Bronze Age I Tombs and Burials of Bab Edh-Dhra', Jordan: Tombs and Burials of Bab Edh-Dhra', Jordan Pt. 1

Hardback Reports of the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan

By (author) Donald J. Ortner, By (author) Bruno Frohlich

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  • Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 218mm x 277mm x 25mm | 1,134g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0759110751
  • ISBN 13: 9780759110755
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps

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This work is the result of decades of research on the Early Bronze Age I skeletal material from the archaeological site of Bab Edh-Dhra' in Jordan. Bab Edh-Dhra' is home to one of the Near East's largest and most carefully documented collections of human skeletal material, which is one of the few sources of information about the inhabitants of this pre-biblical world in the late-fourth and third millennia B.C. This definitive study by physical anthropologists will be consulted for decades by archaeologists and anthropologists working in the Levant, Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as anyone studying ancient Near Eastern migration patterns, skeletal changes, and incidences of diseases.

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Donald J. Ortner is a curator and research anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Bruno Frohlich is an anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

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Ortner, Frohlich, and colleagues provide an excellent, comprehensive model that should be widely emulated for the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of complex mortuary data sets. The text is rich in relevant details and abundantly illustrated with photographs and figures-all of which enhance the authors' dynamic reconstruction of life and death in Early Bronze Age Jordan. Ortner's active participation in the excavation of the burials at this remarkable site ensured that every bit of human bone has been systematically collected; and his paleopathological analysis not only incorporates biological and cultural data for differential diagnosis, but also takes note of the individual human costs of illnesses and nutritional deficiencies. Those who wonder what ancient remains can tell us about human life will find some convincing answers here. -- Mary Lucas Powell, past editor, Paleopathology Newsletter Ortner and Frohlich's ambitious and detailed study of the skeletal remains from Bab edh-Dhra', Jordan, provides crucial insights into the lives of the people who settled in one of the earliest walled communities in this region. Ultimately their research offers a fascinating examination of the rise of small-scale urbanism in the Near East, thus contributing to the broader anthropological exploration of the development of social complexity and state formation, and of the rise and collapse of ancient urban societies. -- Meredith S. Chesson, University of Notre Dame Donald Ortner and Bruno Frohlich provide a model and set a new standard for ancient Near Eastern bioarchaeological or osteoarchaeological research and publication with this volume on the shaft tombs and Charner House burials excavated in 1977, 1979, and 1981 from Jordan...This volume benefits osteological and dental specialists as well as those who study history and culture. Journal of the American Oriental Society In this important work on the prehistory of the ancient Near East, the authors recognize that tombs are built for people, not pots. They employ bioarchaeological methods that allow them to compare the skeletal remains found at Bab edh-Dhra? with other collections worldwide. This book provides a view of ancient life during an important period of transition in the southern Levant. -- Susan Guise Sheridan, University of Notre Dame

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. The Ecological and Social Context of the EB I People Chapter 3. Methods in the Recovery of and Research on the EB I People Chapter 4 Chpater 4. Cultural Artifacts of the EB I Tombs Chapter 5. The Funerary Tradition of the EB I People Chapter 6. The Tombs and Burials of the EB I People: Shaft Tombs Excavated in 1977 Chapter 7. The EB IB Charnel House (G1): Excavated in 1977 Chapter 8. The Tombs and Burials of the EB I People: Tombs Excavated in 1979 Chapter 9. The Tombs and Burials of the EB I People: Tombs Excavated in 1981 Chapter 10. The Osteology of the EB IA and EB IB People Chapter 11. The Paleodemography of the EB IA People Chapter 12. The Paleopathology of the EB IA and EB IB People Chapter 13. Dental Analyses of the Bab edh-Dhra' Human Remains Chapter 14. Summary of Findings and Conclusions Regarding the EB I People of Bab edh-Dhra', Jordan