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  • ISBN: 9780226439587
  • ISBN10: 0226439585

The Analysis of Animal Bones from Archeological Sites

by Richard G. & Cruz-Uribe, Kathryn Klein

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1984
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Series Editors' Foreword Preface Part One - The Analysis of Archeological Bone Assemblages 1. The Interpretation of Fossil Faunas Fossil Samples and Populations Controlling Comparisons among Fossil Assemblages Problems in "Controlling" for the Collector Controlled Comparisons vs Taphonomy 2. The First Steps in Analysis: Sorting, Identification, Sexing, Aging, and Measurement The Mammalian Skeleton: Terminology Identifiable and Nonidentifiable Bone Identification Sexing and Aging Measurement 3. Quantifying Taxonomic Abundance Introduction Indexes of Species Abundance The Number of Identified Specimens (NISP) The Minimum Number of Individuals (MNI) More on NISPs and MNIs Modified MNIs Meat Weight Estimates The Petersen Index Summary and Conclusion 4. Sex and Age Profiles of Fossil Species The Utility of Sex and Age Determination Determination of Sex Determination of Age: Ephphyseal Fusion versus Dental Criteria Determining Individual Age from Teeth Ungulate Crown Height and Age Some Problems in Constructing Age Profiles from Crown Heights Interpretation of Age Profiles Discontinuities in Age Distributions 5. Interpreting NISPs, MNIs, Age/Sex Profiles, and Descriptive Statistics in Faunal Analysis Skeletal Element Representation The Transformation from the Death Assemblage to the Deposited Assemblage The Transformation from the Deposited Assemblage to the Fossil Assemblage Species Abundance Species Abundance and Changes in Environment Species Abundance and Cultural Change Species Abundance and Assemblages Created by Carnivores Age and Sex Profiles Age/Sex Profiles and Collector Behavior: Example 1 Age/Sex Profiles and Collector Behavior: Example 2 Age/Sex Profiles and Collector Behavior: Example 3 Age/Sex Profiles of a Fossil Species and Its Population Dynamics Mean Individual Size Mean Individual Size and Climate Size Variation and Human Predation Pressure Conclusion Part Two - BASIC Programs for the Analysis of Animal Bones from Archeological Sites Some Technical Features Common to All the Programs 6. Computing the Minimum Number of Individuals in a Fossil Sample: Programs MNI, BONECODE, DENTCODE, and SKELDIV The Assumptions behind MNI: Skeletal Parts Other Than Dentitions The Assumptions behind MNI: Dentitions File Names Entry of Skeletal Parts Other Than Dentitions: Program BONECODE Entry of Dentitions: Program DENTCODE How MNI Deals with Indeterminacy: Skeletal Parts Other Than Dentitions How MNI Deals with Indeterminacy: Dentitions The Entry of Skeletal Part Divisors: Program SKELDIV A Sample Session with MNI The Results of an MNI Session 7. Computing Age Profiles from Dental Crown Heights: Programs AGEPROF, DENTDATA, CRNHGT, and SMIRNOV File Names Data Entry: Program DENTDATA Automatic Entry of Age and Crown Height Parameters: Program CRNHGT A Sample Session with AGEPROF Results of an AGEPROF Session Comparing Age Profiles: Program SMIRNOV 8. Computing Descriptive Statistics from Measurements of Bones and Teeth: Programs BONESTAT and BONEDATA File Names Entry of Bone Measurements: Program BONEDATA A Sample Session with BONESTAT The Results of a BONESTAT Session Appendix. The Principal Variables Used in the Program MNI References Index
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