Phase 2: Theme A - Demographic processes and cultural change: Project A004|
Cultural and skeletal markers of population density and stability: geographical and secular trends
SUPERVISOR: - Steele
James Steele (AHRC CECD, Institute of Archaeology, University College London)
This project is linked to the proposed development of a database of excavated human skeletal remains from Great Britain and Ireland (http://www.dur.ac.uk/a.r.millard/BODIES/), and its initiation will be determined by the future availability of this database. We will study selected osteological markers of population biology in prehistoric Britain, and attempt to recover estimates of spatial and temporal trends in population density, stability, and regional structure. We shall predict cultural diversity and spatial subdivision in archaeologically-documented artifact systems on the basis of these patterns in the population biology under a cultural neutral model, and test these predictions against empirical diversity in the artifact systems. The methodological basis of the osteological work will be derived from previous published studies of other skeletal samples. As a study of gene-culture coevolution, the theoretical foundations of this project will be informed by results of Project A0001.
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