Title

Evaluating the Presence of Artificial Cranial Deformation in Argentinian Skulls

Date

5-28-2015 11:30 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 1:30 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Bioanthropology/Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Forensic anthropologists focus on the identification of human remains by constructing a biological profile. Anomalies present on the skeleton may make this osteobiographical assessment more challenging, for an example, when the skull has been subjected to artificial cranial deformation. Artificial cranial deformation is a type of trauma, a force applied to the bone, which changes or forms the cranium differently from a natural cranial form. Artificial cranial deformation starts from a young age. This practice usually has cultural meaning behind it. In our research we will determine whether a skull from Argentina exhibits artificial cranial deformation using a method developed by O’Brien and Stanley (2013).

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May 28th, 11:30 AM May 28th, 1:30 PM

Evaluating the Presence of Artificial Cranial Deformation in Argentinian Skulls

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Forensic anthropologists focus on the identification of human remains by constructing a biological profile. Anomalies present on the skeleton may make this osteobiographical assessment more challenging, for an example, when the skull has been subjected to artificial cranial deformation. Artificial cranial deformation is a type of trauma, a force applied to the bone, which changes or forms the cranium differently from a natural cranial form. Artificial cranial deformation starts from a young age. This practice usually has cultural meaning behind it. In our research we will determine whether a skull from Argentina exhibits artificial cranial deformation using a method developed by O’Brien and Stanley (2013).