Category Archives: Fragmentary Remains

Orienting and Siding ‘Regular’ Ribs

I’ll begin by admitting that ribs are some of my least favorite bones to deal with. [Sidebar: I took a  week-long forensic anthropology overview course once (the 25th year of this), and I was astonished at the extent to which … Continue reading

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Get a leg up on the competition: Tips for identifying femoral shaft fragments

September is always a time of flux for grad students. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been in the program – there’s always some stressor that crops up in tandem with the start of a new school year. You … Continue reading

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If you got a fragment, yo I’ll sort it

Apologies to Vanilla Ice. There are around 206 bones in the adult human body. However, one of the joys* of working with prehistoric human remains is that taphonomy, mortuary practices and several thousand years worth of soil pressure all unite … Continue reading

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