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Stressed Out: Reconsidering stress in the study of archaeological human remains

Edinborough, M; Rando, C; (2020) Stressed Out: Reconsidering stress in the study of archaeological human remains. Journal of Archaeological Science , 121 , Article 105197. 10.1016/j.jas.2020.105197. Green open access

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Abstract

The term “stress” remains poorly defined, often misused, and has clearly lost its meaning in the study of archaeological human remains. In this special issue we reconsider the use of this term in human remains research, to untangle what we actually mean when we say “stress” in archaeology. To this aim, we looked at this topic from two broad perspectives: dental anthropology and paleopathology. Based on revision of the previous work on this topic, the new contributions of this issue, and in the light of the rapid advancement in other medical disciplines, we conclude that the term “stress” is not suitable for the study of archaeological skeletal remains unless it is precisely defined (e.g. mechanical stress).

Type: Article
Title: Stressed Out: Reconsidering stress in the study of archaeological human remains
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2020.105197
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2020.105197
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Stress, Skeletal remains, Dental anthropology, Paleopathology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112105
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