A New Application of the Bioarchaeology of Care Approach: A Case Study from the Metal Period, the Philippines

Melandri Vlok, Victor Paz, Rebecca Crozier, Marc Oxenham (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

A case of disability in the Metal Period of the Philippines, likely requiring healthcare from others, is presented to explore aspects of group dynamics in this period of antiquity. B243, a middle‐aged man excavated from the Napa site in the central Philippines, suffered severe trauma to the right leg resulting in considerable restrictions to mobility and self‐maintenance of survival‐related behaviours such as food provision and hygiene. It is likely that B243 required assistance from others to survive for some period of time prior to eventual death. The bioarchaeology of care method was applied to assess the types of healthcare that B243 likely required and to consider potential social and biological impacts to both B243 and his community. Provision of healthcare practice in this case suggests that B243's community had access to health‐related resources, knowledge on the treatment of his injuries and underlying values in the group for sustaining human life in the case of injury and disability. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-671
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of osteoarchaeology
Volume27
Issue number4
Early online date22 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Philippines
disability
group dynamics
hygiene
antiquity
community
trauma
assistance
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death
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Metals
Bioarchaeology
Healthcare
time
Trauma
Hygiene
Self-maintenance

Keywords

  • bioarchaeology of care
  • disability
  • healthcare
  • palaeopathology
  • trauma

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