A A A

Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains

Start: May 19, 2017 09:00 AM
End: May 20, 2017 05:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains

The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2017 entitled 'Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains' will take place at the Institute on 19 & 20 May.

The word ‘stress’ is a now quite common part of modern vernacular, but the true or correct meaning of the concept can be difficult to tease out. It is used to indicate anything from the physiological response of the body to an event, to a psychological one (emotional distress), but, clinically (in the medical community) the meaning is quite specific and refers to the Selyean Stress Concept – colloquially known as the flight or fight response.

The study of archaeological human remains has co-opted this notion of ‘stress’, but it has remained poorly defined, is often mis-used, and, as noted by Hillson (2014, 204) ‘the word has ceased to have any clear meaning in bioarchaeology’.

The purpose of the 'Stressed Out' conference is to re-consider the use of this term in human remains research and to start a dialogue regarding how to better define what is meant by ‘stress’ in archaeology.

Further details

Registration

Contact