Definition of bioarchaeology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbīōˌärkēˈäləjē/
(also bioarcheology)


The study of bones and other biological materials found in archaeological remains in order to provide information about human life or the environment in the past: he recommended that the skeletons be reinterred after being studied by experts in bioarchaeology
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  • Complementing the historical data are the resources of archaeology and my own specialty, bioarchaeology.
  • Martin Jones has been at the forefront of bioarchaeology as the subject has matured in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Bioarchaeology is beginning to fill in the details of the historical record, offering specifics about how food sources changed.



Example sentences
  • The final essay exploits a range of bioarchaeological data to establish a framework for reviewing female health in urban Roman Britain.
  • When applied in a bioarchaeological context, stable strontium isotope analysis has been successfully used to provide information about human mobility.
  • The impact of the adoption of intensive maize agriculture on the human skeletal system is well documented in the bioarchaeological literature.


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  • Using stable isotope analysis, bioarchaeologists can directly determine the dietary sources of carbon and nitrogen
  • She is an experienced bioarchaeologist examining changes in the health of prehistoric people living nearly 4000 years ago in Thailand through skeletal and archaeological analysis.
  • The oldest DNA ever found comes from Siberian dirt analyzed by bioarchaeologist Eske Willerslev at Oxford University.
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