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Human or Machine? An Analysis Of Saw Marks On Animal Bones From Two Sites In St. Charles, MO

Author(s): Steve Dasovich ; Gwyneth J Vollman

Year: 2017

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Summary

With the invention of the mechanical, circular saw in 1928, can the spacing of the saw marks clue us in to what type of saw was used?  Saw marks on animal bones at two sites in St. Charles, MO are analyzed to determine if they were sawed by hand or by a machine and perhaps whether or not people used a circular saw or straight saw.  Irregular spacing is thought to be the hallmark of hand sawing and this paper will discuss the findings of differences in spacing and type of saw marks to aid in both dating sites and perhaps determine if a professional butcher sawed the bones or not.  


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Human or Machine? An Analysis Of Saw Marks On Animal Bones From Two Sites In St. Charles, MO. Steve Dasovich, Gwyneth J Vollman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435454)


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Bone Butchering Saws


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 458

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