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Soil pH, Bone Preservation, and Sampling Bias at Mortuary Sites

Claire C. Gordon and Jane E. Buikstra
American Antiquity
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Jul., 1981), pp. 566-571
DOI: 10.2307/280601
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/280601
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Abstract

Prediction of human skeletal preservation at mortuary sites is important in archaeological research and in cultural resources management. In this study, correlations between osseous deterioration and soil acidity, as measured by pH, were found to be significant. Age-associated preservation biases were also evident. The use of multiple regression is suggested as a technique for estimating recovery of human osteological remains in archaeological context.

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