Essay about Determining The Age At Death Of A Skeleton

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Objectives
Determining the age at death of a skeleton can be complicated and possibly difficult dependant on state of preservation, bones present, or archaeological context. By using measurements of the present long bones and the data that correlates the fusion times of the distal and proximal epiphyseal unions, an age at time of death can be narrowed down to a less broad range. While this measurement method is not completely accurate, dentition ageing techniques and cross referencing of the data observed in conjunction with the charts of tooth formation times, eruption and morphology of the dentition, an accurate age of the specimen provided can be assessed. The skeleton of UC21 and the accompanied cranium and mandible of UC28, will provide measurements and observable features, while the radio graphic or x ray images of the cranium, mandible and wrist bones allow for a deeper look at the skeletal growth indicators that are used to determine age at death.

Materials
A full inventory of the specimen named UC21 and the accompanying mandible and cranium UC28 was recorded on the sheets located in Standards for Data collection of human skeletal remains (Buikstra and Ubelaker 1994).
Upon inventory it was noted that missing items included, 1 distal foot phalanx, fragments of the maxillary and mandibular incisors, and the left maxillary canine. The maxillary M2 molar crowns were either not formed or missing from the maxilla. Also worth mentioning is the extra accessory…

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