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The Impact of Preservation on the Determination of Sex from Human Remains in Archaeology

Author(s): Stéphanie Lavallée

Year: 2014

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Determination of sex in the study of human remains is crucial. It is not only necessary for the assessment of other demographic features, like age and stature, but is also imperative in interpretative research on paleodemography or paleopathology. This paper will present the results of an analysis carried on more than 200 individuals of different origins and periods. The analysis tested the visual method proposed in the standards of Buikstra and Ubelaker (1994) and particularly, the degree of preservation of sexual markers and their precision. In total, 12 markers were observed: 5 on the pelvis and 7 on the cranium. From these results, recommendations for a better accuracy in sex assessment and suggestions on new research are made. A note will also be given on metric methods and their performance in archaeological contexts.

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The Impact of Preservation on the Determination of Sex from Human Remains in Archaeology. Stéphanie Lavallée. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436848)

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