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

Claire C. Gordon, Jane Buikstra

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-571
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology

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