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bone  
DEFINITION
  • The connective tissues of the body, consisting of crystallite minerals and collagen. After death, the proteins slowly decompose, and the remaining minerals are subject to solution in acid soil conditions. Bones are preserved on a wide variety of archaeological sites. From early prehistory, the bones, horns, or antlers of animals that men hunted or kept provided them with a vital source of raw material for constructing artifacts. There are many types of bone. There are a variety of relative age determination techniques applicable to bone material, including measurements of the depletion of nitrogen (bone dating) and the accumulation of fluorine and uranium.
BROADER CONCEPT
SOURCE
  • Kupfer, B. A. (2000). Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology. Springer, p. 75.
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