The skeletal examinations have begun

I am just opening one of the many boxes containing skeletal remains.

I got to Trondheim this morning and I have started the skeletal examinations. To my pleasant surprise I had been appointed an assistant who will work with me during my stay here. This will be very helpful and should make the work go smoother and faster. This first day was spent going through the boxes with skeletal remains to check if the condition of the individual skeletons were as I had deduced from the photos and excavation documents. This is actually the first time I look at the material and there is always a chance there is a slight discrepancy between my information and the actual material. We managed go through quite a lot of boxes today but this work will continue for the rest of the week. In addition to this basic work, every skeleton which will be included in the final sample will also be subjected to a morphological and metric examination. I will note features used for sex determination and signs which will provide information regarding the individual’s age at death. Pathological changes will be described and cranial and post-cranial measurements will be taken.  The aim is to get as much of this work done this week, so we can fully concentrate on the sampling for the DNA and isotope analyses when we start that work next Tuesday. It will be difficult to get it all done as it is a lot of  work but the more we get done the better.

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