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New York African Burial Ground Skeletal Biology Final Report, Volume 1. Chapter 4. Laboratory Organization, Methods, and Processes

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Year: 2004

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Summary

This chapter describes the organization of skeletal recordation in the laboratory. This work requires specialized personnel, task teams, and processes that convert fragile fragments of soil-encased bone into skeletal elements that reveal accurate anatomical structure and observable effects of physiological processes that can be assessed for genetic, demographic, and pathologic information. That information is then coded and entered into a computer database where all information on each individual can be tracked and statistical data on sample groups of skeletons can be manipulated. Skeletal recordation was completed in 1999 resulting in an estimated 250,000 observations on the 419 human remains. Photographic and radiographic documentation and sampling of bone and dental tissue were also undertaken for future research. A collection containing more than 55,000 photographs (mainly slides and digitized images) and over 2,000 x-ray radiographs, and a small sample of cranial CAT scans has been assembled.


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New York African Burial Ground Skeletal Biology Final Report, Volume 1. Chapter 4. Laboratory Organization, Methods, and Processes. Michael L. Blakey, M. E. Mack, K. Shujaa, R. Watkins. In New York African Burial Ground Skeletal Biology Final Report, Volume 1. Pp. 116-148. 2004 (tDAR ID: 365176) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8N8786G


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Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1640 to 1800


Spatial Coverage

min long: -74.017; min lat: 40.694 ; max long: -73.972; max lat: 40.734 ;

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Contact(s): General Services Administration Northeastern and Caribbean Region

Prepared By(s): National Park Service


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New York African Burial Ground Skeletal Biology Final Report, Volume 1


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