What the Bones Tell Us
292 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Dec 1997

What the Bones Tell Us

The University of Arizona Press
A physical anthropologist exposes the inner workings of archaeology and anthropology, illustrating what can be learned from fossils and fragments of ancient cultures and civilizations. Schwartz ranges from digs in the Negev Desert through Africa and Europe to the local coroner's office to explain how interpretations of the past are made.
Scholarly sleuth Schwartz actually helps solve murders while exploring human evolution.’—Columbia Magazine
‘It demonstrates how the skills of the forensic anthropologist carry over to the study of ancient populations when these are represented by a preserved skeletal series in a mortuary deposit. . . . Schwartz ably demonstrates how through such investigations new data can become available on matters about which historical records and other archaeological materials are silent.’—Science
‘In a field often ruled by cockiness, Schwartz’s reticence to make judgments is refreshing. Related to this, and even more welcome, is his rejection of scientific dogma. . . . Schwartz gives us the bare bones and more about the science of osteological analysis.’—Kirkus Reviews
‘Students of osteology and anatomy will learn much from Mr. Schwartz’s book, which is actually several books in one.’—Malcolm W. Browne, New York Times Book Review
‘An easily readable, informative, enjoyable, thought-provoking commentary, interspersed with warm, refreshing tales. . . . It should interest both general and medical readers, dealing as it does with a subject that is near and dear to our hearts: our bones.’—Journal of the American Medical Association
Jeffrey H. Schwartz is a professor of physical anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History.
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