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Ch.4 anthro notes - Ch 4 Studying the Past Palynology the...

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Ch. 4: Studying the Past Palynology: the study of ancient plants through pollen samples taken from archeological sites A phytolith (“plant stone”) is a microscopic crystal found in many plants, including wheat, maize, rice, etc - since phytoliths are inorganic and do not decay they can reveal which plants were present at a given site even when no other plant remains survive - Remote Sensing: aerial photos and satellite images used in site location “Kennewick Man” legal case of who owned the skeleton: anthropologists or 1 of 5 Indian tribes with ancestreal homelands in the area where he was found The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Gives ownership of Native American physical and archaological remains to Indians : which is the foundation of the case Anthropometry: the measurement of human body parts and dimensions including skeletal parts bone biology: the study of bone as a biological tissue, including its genetics; cell structure; growth , development, decay and pattern of movement.
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