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Basics in paleodemography : a comparison of age indicators applied to the early medieval skeletal sample of Lauchheim

Wittwer-Backofen, Ursula and Buckberry, Jo and Czarnetzki, Alfred and Grupe, Gisela and Hotz, Gerhard and Kemkes, Ariane and Larsen, Clark Spencer and Prince, Debbie and Wahl, Joachim and Fabig, Alexander and Weise, Svenja. (2008) Basics in paleodemography : a comparison of age indicators applied to the early medieval skeletal sample of Lauchheim. American journal of physical anthropology, Vol. 137No. 4. pp. 384-396.

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Abstract

Recent advances in the methods of skeletal age estimation have rekindled interest in their applicability to paleodemography. The current study contributes to the discussion by applying several long established as well as recently developed or refined aging methods to a subsample of 121 adult skeletons from the early medieval cemetery of Lauchheim. The skeletal remains were analyzed by 13 independent observers using a variety of aging techniques (complex method and other multimethod approaches, Transition Analysis, cranial suture closure, auricular surface method, osteon density method, tooth root translucency measurement, and tooth cementum annulation counting). The age ranges and mean age estimations were compared and results indicate that all methods showed smaller age ranges for the younger individuals, but broader age ranges for the older age groups.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
UniBasel Contributors:Hotz, Gerhard
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Wistar Institute of Anatomy
ISSN:0002-9483
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:29
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 14:06

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