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Soil pH, Bone Preservation, and Sampling Bias at Mortuary Sites
Claire C. Gordon and Jane E. Buikstra
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Jul., 1981), pp. 566-571
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/280601
Page Count: 6
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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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