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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 20 (2005). Copyright © Melinda Potmesil; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


In this research project, the goal was to study the pattern of disbursement of cattle bones from the site of death, observe any signs of scavenger marks and categorize the degree of weathering on the bones. In order to have a comparative data set, three sites with different characteristics were chosen. The three sites were chosen because of the ability to date the death of each cow, the length of time between each death, and the different locations, which each animal died The oldest site was a one-year-old yearling heifer which died in May of 1992. The next site was a twelve-year-old cow, which died in October of 2000. The last site examined was a five-year-old cow, which died in May of 2002. These three sites where chosen to act as a timeline and to form comparisons for the changes in bone dispersion, scavenger marks, and weathering.

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