Chapter 4. Laboratory Organization, Methods, and Processes
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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.
Cite this Record
Chapter 4. Laboratory Organization, Methods, and Processes. Michael L. Blakey, M. E. Mack, K. Shujaa, R. Watkins.
In Skeletal Biology Final Report Volume I. Pp. 116-148. 2004 (tDAR ID: 365176)
Calendar Date: 1640 to 1800
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