Lecture 23 (4-12) - Bioarchaeology Case Studies Individual...

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Bioarchaeology Case Studies Individual finds vs. populations Field discoveries vs. museum collections These factors influence research questions and analytical methods The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Identify contemporary affiliated groups Employs various forms of evidence for this identification Genetic relationships are only one form of determining affiliation Case Study: The Fay Tolton Raid Missouri River, central South Dakota, excavated in 1950s A.D. 950 to 1250 Fortification ditch around village (8 feet wide, 6 feet deep) Minimum of 33 houses 2 burned houses contained human skeletons Skeletons in House #1 Probable female, 14-16 years old Possible female, 10-12 years old, partially burned, perimortem injury Sex unknown, 5-7 years old, partially burned, antemortem trauma and alteration Male, 25-29 years old, antemortem trauma Female (?) 10-12 years old Cranial bones are partially burned Soft tissue was present at the time of burning
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