Definition of bioarchaeology in English:


(US bioarcheology)


  • [mass noun] 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’
    • ‘Bioarchaeology is beginning to fill in the details of the historical record, offering specifics about how food sources changed.’
    • ‘This book offers for the first time a global perspective on the bioarchaeology of the transition to agriculture.’
    • ‘Complementing the historical data are the resources of archaeology and my own specialty, bioarchaeology.’
    • ‘DNA analysis in bioarchaeology is still in its infancy, but promises to be a powerful tool for identification of population history.’
    • ‘Martin Jones has been at the forefront of bioarchaeology as the subject has matured in the 1980s and 1990s.’