Contributions of Osteological Evidence to Repatriation Assessments

Author(s): Chris Dudar

Year: 2018


Since the inception of the Repatriation Office at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in 1991, the documentation of Native American skeletal remains has been accomplished by the Repatriation Osteology Lab. The need for a computerized data entry system was recognized as a critical component to the success of this process along with a structured database for data access and management. The resulting software interface and SQL relational database, called Osteoware, is available to the public for free. The osteological data collected has contributed biological information that has assisted in the resolution of cultural affiliation in many difficult cases.

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Contributions of Osteological Evidence to Repatriation Assessments. Chris Dudar. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445359)

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Abstract Id(s): 21455