bio·​ar·​chae·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce bioarchaeology (audio) \

Definition of bioarchaeology

: the scientific study of human biological remains (such as bones) from archaeological sites Extrapolating from hard evidence drawn from human remains to conclusions about how people lived is at the heart of bioarchaeology— James Gorman, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2012 Most bioarchaeology studies tend to tell the tale of illness and death of people from a single site, such as a burial pit for plague victims or an ancient cemetery.— Ann Gibbons, Science, 1 May 2009

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Other Words from bioarchaeology

bioarchaeological \ ˌbī-​(ˌ)ō-​ˌär-​kē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce bioarchaeology (audio) \ adjective
bioarchaeological research a bioarchaeological analysis
bioarchaeologist \ ˌbī-​(ˌ)ō-​ˌär-​kē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce bioarchaeology (audio) \ noun, plural bioarchaeologists

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioarchaeology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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