Perhaps bioarchaeologists are a version of Indiana Jones in lab coats; their discipline blends bone analysis, social science and a lot of high-tech wizardry. How much do you know about this fascinating field of study? Find out by taking this nifty little quiz.
Question 1 of 20
Why is it difficult to define the term bioarchaeology with perfect accuracy?
Question 2 of 20
Who coined the term bioarchaeology?
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Bioarchaeologists often use cranial and pelvic bones to determine a person's what?
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Why are bones vital to archaeological work?
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A lot of bioarchaeology work is done in cold, dry regions of the world. How come?
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Bones provide information about how much physical labor a person performed. What are common traits of a laborer's bones?
Question 7 of 20
What does DNA evidence help bioarchaeologists reconstruct?
Question 8 of 20
Teeth that are full of cavities may point to evidence of what kind of diet?
Question 9 of 20
Mass spectrometers can vaporize samples of human remains. Why in the world would bioarchaeologists want to dissolve their finds?
Question 10 of 20
NAGPRA is a funny-sounding acronym, but what does it stand for?
Question 11 of 20
In what year did the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization set out to protect items of cultural heritage?
Question 12 of 20
Why do some scientists oppose NAGPRA?
Question 13 of 20
Bioarchaeologists belong to professional associations. Which of these is one of them?
Question 14 of 20
Who funds the work that bioarchaeologists carry out?
Question 15 of 20
Bioarchaeologists have reputations, but the good kind. As scientists, what are they famous for?
Question 16 of 20
What's one of the most important aspects of bioarchaeology?
Question 17 of 20
Bioarchaeologists study a huge range of subjects. Which fields must these Renaissance men and women know a lot about?
Question 18 of 20
In some countries, scientists might refer to bioarchaeology by a different name. Can you guess what it is?
Question 19 of 20
Why do bioarchaeologists need a background in mortuary studies?
Question 20 of 20