FIGURES
1.1 The Human Skeleton 2
1.2 The Structure of a Long-bone 4
1.3 Cross-sections of the Humeri of a Professional Tennis Player 5
1.4 A deposit of Woven Bone on a Femur 6
1.5 The Microscopic Structure of Cortical Bone 7
1.6 Development of a Typical Long-bone 9
1.7 The Deciduous Dentition of the Upper Jaw 10
1.8 The Permanent Dentition of the Upper Jaw 11
1.9 The Structure of a Tooth 12
2.1 Factors Affecting an Excavated Collection of Skeletons 14
2.2 Medieval Skeleton, Ipswich Blackfriars Site 16
2.3 Two Superimposed Burials from Sutton Hoo 18
2.4 Skeletons of a Child and an Adult, Wharram Percy 19
2.5 Photomicrograph of a Bone Showing Some Destruction of its Osteonal Structure 20
2.6 Frequency of Various Skeletal Elements, Ipswich Blackfriars Site 24
2.7 Artist’s Impression of Fussell’s Lodge Long Barrow 27
2.8 Wayland’s Smithy, Barrow 1 28
2.9 Composition of Bone Assemblages from Fussell’s Lodge, Wayland’s Smithy and Wharram Percy 30
3.1 Adult Female and Male Pelvic Girdles 34
3.2 Sex Differences in the Adult Pubic Bone 35
3.3 Left Pelvic Bones, Female and Male 36
3.4 Adult Skulls, Female and Male 37
3.5 Distribution of Sciatic Notch Indices, Wharram Percy Infants 40
3.6 Bivariate Plot of Lower Canine Dimensions, Poundbury Burials 41
3.7 Linear Regression of Foetal Age Against Humerus Length 43
3.8 Actual Age Plotted Against Age Estimated from Dental X-rays, Swedish Children 45
3.9 Chronology of the Development of the Permanent Teeth 46
3.10 Immature and Mature Femurs 47
3.11 Epiphysial Fusion 48
3.12 Methods Used to Estimate Age at Death in Adult Skeletons 51
3.13 Symphysial Faces of Three Adult Male Pubic Bones 52
3.14 Deviation of Estimated from Real Age, Spitalfields Adult Skeletons 56
3.15 Sections Through an Unworn and a Heavily Worn Molar 58

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures viii
  • Tables xii
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - The Nature of Bones and Teeth 1
  • 2 - The Nature of an Archaeological Human Bone Assemblage 13
  • 3 - The Determination of Age and Sex 33
  • 4 - Metric Variation 74
  • 5 - Non-Metric Variation 102
  • 6 - Bone Disease 122
  • 7 - Dental Disease 146
  • 8 - Traces of Injury on the Skeleton 162
  • 9 - Chemical Analysis of Bone 182
  • 10 - The Study of Dna from Ancient Bones 197
  • 11 - Cremated Bone 207
  • Bibliography 225
  • Index 240
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