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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

Toward the definition of criteria for the recognition of artificial bone alterations

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

MORLAN R. E. ;

Abstract

Cutting, fracturing, flaking, and polishing of bones and other osseous materials may in some instances be interpreted as evidence of former human activity. Such interpretations must avoid confusion with the wide variety of natural processes that alter bones. Reliable criteria are prerequisite to sound inferences based on bone, regardless of whether they have been redeposited or recovered from primary assemblages. Criteria must be defined by means of actualistic studies (neotaphonomy) and experiments that demonstrate causal relationships between patterns of alteration and the processes that produce them. The criteria can be employed in the interpretation of fossil bones (paleotaphonomy) on the basis of uniformitarian principles.

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research New York

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 22, no2 [pp. 160-171]

Bibliographic references : 48 réf.

Language

Anglais

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