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Changes in Bone Density During the Post-Mortem Interval for the Individuals of the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery

Author(s): Helen Werner

Year: 2017

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Quantitative techniques for estimating age and sex at death are becoming more popular with the increased use of computed tomography scans and radiographs on forensic human remains. A gap in the research makes practical applications of post mortem imaging limited to those individuals whose time since death is known, as there has yet to be a parallel study examining changes in bone density during the post-mortem interval. This study examines archaeological human remains from the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery of the same age and sex that were excavated in the same year in order to study the effects of burial on post mortem bone density. The tali of the individuals were scanned by computed tomography and an equation was calculated by regression to help predict years since burial. The goal of the study is to determine how bone density changes in the post-mortem interval in a historic cemetery.


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Changes in Bone Density During the Post-Mortem Interval for the Individuals of the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery. Helen Werner. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435195)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 291

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America