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Mortal Wounds


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Dr Martin Smith is Senior Lecturer in Forensic and Biological Anthropology at the University of Bournemouth. Martin Smith is a Biological Anthropologist with particular interests in prehistoric populations. His past work has covered a range of periods with particular focus on the Neolithic and concerned principally on areas of taphonomy and trauma with relevance to both forensic and archaeological remains. Martin has strong interests in the study of conflict from prehistoric to modern times. A question that continues to fascinate him is the extent to which war /organized conflict is hard-wired in human beings rather than simply a practical response to environmental or social circumstances. His current research includes experimentation with weapons such as crossbows, blackpowder weapons and modern firearms on animal bone and synthetic substitutes for human bone.


"Overall, this book provides an excellent introduction to the bioarchaeology of interpersonal conflict. It will likely be of greatest interest to bioarchaeologists, but the thorough explanations and descriptions of concepts and methods make the book accessible to a general, non-specialist audience. Scholars of classical studies will find particularly useful the foundational chapters (Chapters 1 and 2) and the chapter that focuses on Roman evidence (Chapter 7). Nevertheless, it is hoped that the plethora of chronological case studies and historical trends presented in this book will allow for the emergence of a clearer understanding of the history of human violence."--Classical Journal
"This engaging, well-written, illustrated book introduces readers to a relatively new field within anthropology called "conflict archaeology...". The book is aimed at general readers, and Smith avoids jargon whenever possible, clearly defining specialized terms when necessary. The book should also be worthwhile reading for academics with related interests but who lack expertise in skeletal analysis. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and academic levels/libraries"--Choice

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