Bioarchaeology International provides rigorous peer-reviewed publication of substantive articles in the growing field of bioarchaeology. This vibrant, interdisciplinary field of study cross-cuts biological anthropology, archaeology, and social theory to situate past peoples within their biological, cultural, and environmental circumstances. Bioarchaeology emphasizes not only the study of human remains but the integrative analysis and interpretation of their context, including the archaeological, socio-cultural and political milieu, and environmental setting. Bioarchaeologists use both state-of-the-art methodological innovation and theory to investigate a diversity of questions.

The goal of this new quarterly journal is to publish research articles, brief reports, and invited commentary essays that are contextually and theoretically informed and explore the human condition and ways in which human remains and their funerary contexts can provide unique insight on variation, behavior and lifestyle of past people and communities. Submissions from around the globe using varying scales of analysis that focus on theoretical and methodological issues in the field are encouraged.

Vol. 6 No. 1-2 (2022): Special Issue: Bioarchaeology of Pandemic, Epidemic, and Syndemic Diseases

Published: 2022-03-22

Building a Bioarchaeology of Pandemic, Epidemic, and Syndemic Diseases

Lessons for Understanding COVID-19

Gwen Robbins Schug, Siân E. Halcrow



As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific community has met the SARS-CoV-2 virus with efficient and effective...

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Beyond Mortality

Survivors of Epidemic Infections and the Bioarchaeology of Impairment and Disability

Heather T. Battles, Rebecca J. Gilmour



Epidemics and pandemics are typically discussed in terms of morbidity and mortality, susceptibility and immunity, and social responses to and...

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Institutionalization within the Context of Pandemic Infectious Disease

Examining Social Vulnerability to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic among Individuals Institutionalized in the Mississippi State Asylum

Molly K. Zuckerman, Taylor Emery, Cassandra M. DeGaglia, Lida B. Gibson



Though vulnerability to pandemic infectious disease is primarily measured by biological risk of medical complications, social vulnerability is...

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Intersectionality and the Interpretation of Past Pandemics

Samantha L. Yaussy



Intersectionality refers to the potential for multiple axes of identity to overlap and interact within a single individual, whose lived...

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Paleoepidemiological Considerations of Mobility and Population Interaction in the Spread of Infectious Diseases in the Prehistoric Past

Melandri Vlok, Hallie Buckley



The processes of human mobility have been well demonstrated to influence the spread of infectious disease globally in the present and the past....

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Demographic and Evolutionary Consequences of Pandemic Diseases

Sharon N. DeWitte, Amanda Wissler



The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has justifiably captured the attention of people around the world since late 2019. It has produced in many people...

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Human-Animal Interactions and Infectious Disease

A View for Bioarchaeology

Judith Littleton, Sarah Karstens, Mark Busse, Nicholas Malone



Zoonoses are significant in human histories, and in histories of other species and the environment. Diseases have been an important evolutionary...

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