Behavior and Status in a Middle Woodland Mortuary Population from the Illinois Valley
One shortcoming of the archaeological study of prehistoric societies is a failure to pursue the behavioral correlates of social distinctions. This paper shows, through a study of Middle Woodland mortuary populations, that analysis of degenerative joint disease is a productive approach to investigating status-linked behavior in archaeological populations.
Tainter, J. A. Behavior and Status in a Middle Woodland Mortuary Population from the Illinois Valley. American Antiquity 45: 308-313.