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Patterns in the Scattering of Remains due to Scavenger Activity

  • Author / Creator
    Kjorlien, Yvonne
  • In archaeological and forensic contexts, human remains are frequently found scattered. The recovery of these remains is often variable and inconsistent. There has been little research specifically to improve the methods applied to these contexts. This study attempted to discover patterns in the scattering of remains due to scavenger activity. Twelve human analogues (pigs) were deposited in wooded and open grassland environments; half of these were dressed in human clothing. For 103 days, each pig was monitored regularly. Data on the time and direction of movement of the carcass or any part thereof were collected and analysed for potential patterns. The results provide evidence for patterns in where, when and what is scattered due to scavenging activity. Near daily observations may be the key for discovering these patterns. Determining what influences this pattern development and exploring methods that specifically illustrate these patterns should be primary goals in future research.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2004
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R37S7J39X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Anthropology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Beattie, Owen (Anthropology)
    • Peterson, Arthur (Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Froese, Duane (Geography)