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Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology Studies Series 38

Holes in the Head

The Art and Archaeology of Trepanation in Ancient Peru

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$69.95 • £55.95 • €63.00

ISBN 9780884024125

Publication Date: 06/13/2016


352 pages

7-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches

224 color illustrations, 18 halftones, 13 line illustrations, 8 maps, 5 tables

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  • Forewords [Colin McEwan; Jane E. Buikstra]
  • Preface [John W. Verano]
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Discovering Ancient Trepanation
  • 3. Differential Diagnosis of Holes in the Head
  • 4. Early Explorations: The Central Highlands of Peru
  • 5. Origins of Peruvian Trepanation: Paracas and the South Coast of Peru
  • 6. The Northern Highlands and Cloud Forest [John W. Verano, Anne R. Titelbaum, Bebel Ibarra Asencios, and Mellisa Lund Valle]
  • 7. Trepanation Refined: The Southern Highlands and Altiplano
  • 8. Understanding Ancient Trepanation: Ethnographic Parallels and Modern Experimentation
  • 9. Ancient Trepanation from the Perspective of Modern Neurosurgery [David Kushner and Anne R. Titelbaum]
  • 10. Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury in Prehistoric Peru [J. Michael Williams]
  • 11. Why Peru?
  • Appendix
  • References Cited
  • Contributors
  • Index

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