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A novel method for integrated age and sex determination from archaeological cattle mandibles

McGrory, S., Svensson, E. M., Götherström, A., Mulville, Jacqueline, Powell, Adrienne, Collins, M. J. and O'Connor, T. P. 2012. A novel method for integrated age and sex determination from archaeological cattle mandibles. Journal of Archaeological Science 39 (10) , pp. 3324-3330. 10.1016/j.jas.2012.05.021

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Analysis of ancient cattle husbandry is compromised by the need for conventional analysis of sex and age at death to use different elements of the skeleton, usually from different individuals. We demonstrate a technique using aDNA acquired from cattle mandibles and combined with age-at-death estimation based on dental eruption in the same specimens. Application to small sample groups from two sites in Na h-Eileanan Siar (the Scottish Western Isles) show a high success rate, and demonstrates the potential for a more nuanced interpretation of ancient cattle husbandry.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zooarchaeology; Husbandry; Cattle; DNA; Mortality
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0305-4403
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:21

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