Uncovering the mystery : an application of XRF on possible comingled remains

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dc.contributor.advisor Hogue, S. Homes
dc.contributor.author Wasley, Katarina Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-26T21:33:04Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-26T21:33:04Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12-14
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/202035
dc.description.abstract This study examines the use of x-ray fluorescence, with osteological analysis, in determining the placement of dissociated bones to identified burials from a disturbed cemetery in Mississippi. The use of a control group, composed of two complete skeletons from Ball State University’s Anthropology Department, was used to examine if x-ray fluorescence was a reliable method for bioarchaeology. The x-ray fluorescence data was analyzed using multivariate discriminant function analyses of the calcium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and potassium data collected. The results of the control group were that 81 percent of the skeletal elements tested were correctly identified to their skeleton suggesting that the method is acceptable for bioarchaeology. The results of the experimental group matched 43 percent of the 42 dissociated skeletal elements to single burials by using both x-ray fluorescence and osteological analyses while 50 percent of the skeletal elements matched to multiple burials and the remaining seven percent of skeletal elements did not match to any of the identified burials tested. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Anthropology
dc.description.tableofcontents Weyerhaeuser Site (22LO998) -- Review of x-ray fluorescence and commingled human remains -- Methodology for osteological and x-ray fluorescence analyses -- Osteological recording and measurements of the disassociated bones from the Weyerhaeuser Site -- Osteological analysis of associated bones from the disturbed Weyerhaeuser burials -- Matching of the dissociated bones through osteological analyses methods -- Use of x-ray fluorescence in matching the dissociated bones -- Conclusions of experiments
dc.subject.lcsh X-ray spectroscopy in archaeology -- Mississippi -- Lowndes County
dc.subject.lcsh Human remains (Archaeology) -- Mississippi -- Lowndes County
dc.subject.lcsh African American cemeteries -- Mississippi -- Lowndes County
dc.title Uncovering the mystery : an application of XRF on possible comingled remains en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US


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