Falys, C. G., Schutkowski, H. and Weston, D. A., 2006. Auricular surface aging: Worse than expected? A test of the revised method on a documented historic skeletal assemblage. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 130 (4), pp. 508-513.
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.20382
This study presents results and recommendations arising from a blind test of the revised age estimation method for the auricular surface as proposed by Buckberry and Chamberlain (2002 Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 119:321–329). Auricular surfaces of 167 individuals from St. Bride's, London, a documented skeletal assemblage spanning the late 17th to early 19th century, were analyzed for the following traits: transverse organization, surface texture appearance, macroporosity, microporosity, and morphological changes to the apex. Composite scores of trait expressions were found to generally correlate with age and to show a positive association with known chronological age (P < 0.01). However, when composite scores were combined to define auricular surface phases, which ultimately assign age estimations, only three distinct developmental stages, compared with seven suggested by Buckberry and Chamberlain (2002 Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 119:321–329), could be identified and statistically supported, all showing a considerable degree of individual variation in age. The most well-defined stage in the St. Bride's assemblage was the new stage III, where the majority of individuals were older than 60 years, whereas middle-aged adults displayed a large variation in composite scores. These results provide little hope for a promising application of age-at-death estimation of auricular surface morphology traits with higher resolution, but rather suggest indications of broad stages of life.
|Subjects:||History > Archaeology|
|Group:||School of Applied Sciences > Centre for Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage|
|Deposited By:||Professor Holger Schutkowski|
|Deposited On:||27 May 2011 14:31|
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