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2012 Student Scholars Day
Let's Talk about Sex: Testing Multiple Methods for Sex Estimation on
Metacarpals and Metatarsals from Um-El Jamal, Northern Jordan.
Participants attending from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Presenter:
Caitlin Hoop Three methods for sex identification were tested on a
sample of metacarpals and metatarsals excavated in 1996 from a
commingled deposit in the Byzantine tomb,Umm El Jamal. The purpose of
the research was to test both the ease of replicability as well as
accuracy among the three methods and to refine the minimum number of
individual's data for the site. Methods tested included Scheuer &
Elkington(1993),Case & Ross(2006),and Barrio(2006). Results showed
71% similarity across the three methods for metacarpals. Case & Ross
had the easiest method to repeat, measuring only axial length on
metacarpals and metatarsals,and based on that one measurement
determining sex from tables previously created. Madden and Brashler's
research on Um-ElJamal previously determined the minimum number of adult
individuals using all skeletal elements to be 7,this study suggests 4
based solely on the metacarpals which fits well with previous research.
The MNI based on metatarsals parallels the previous MNI of 7. Mentor:
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