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Spring 2012


This paper discusses the subdiscplines of anthropology, then goes on to teach the reader about how an anthropologist would learn about and from bones. Starting with the context in which a bone is found, it discusses the information that can be learned by where and within what a bone is found at a dig site. It then discusses determining whether a bone found is human, how a bone may be classified into a reference population, and how that reference population yields information about the individual who the bone belonged to. Then specific examples are provided as to how a specific bone can provide information about the diet, sex, age, stature, or ancestral history of an individual.