Dissertation Research: The Development of Bone Setting in Prehistoric Populations
Jonathan S. Friedlaender Program Manager
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The primary objective of this research is to examine the skeletons from a well documented archaeological sequence (Illinois Valley) in an attempt to detect the development of more expert bone setting over time. The working hypothesis is that, with increasing specialization of roles with increasingly complex societal structure, medical/healing techniques should have become more adept. This is a new idea, and will call for a new approach of skeletal materials, with readily available techniques. The idea and approach are novel, and the proposal is a very modest one.