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Taphonomy Today: a Taphonomic Analysis of Faunal Remains from Black Cat Cave (40RD299)

Show simple item record Wadford, Tabatha 2020-06-08T19:50:19Z 2020-06-08T19:50:19Z 2020-04-28
dc.description.abstract This comparative taphonomic analysis of faunal remains is an interdisciplinary and multipronged study of faunal remains and soil inside and outside of Black Cat Cave 40RD299. This study utilizes the methods of anthropology, geosciences, and biology though the analysis of taphonomy, soil testing, and PXRF respectively. Macroscopic analysis of the faunal remains reveals differential taphonomic color changes to the remains specific to the location of retrieval. Testing shows Black Cat Cave’s soil pH was consistent, nearly neutral, and found to not be a factor in bone color differences though instrumental in the remarkable preservation of the faunal assemblage. The PXRF results indicate significantly high levels of iron found on the osseous material and soil material collection from outside the cave may play a part in the taphonomic color changes of those samples. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University Honors College Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Liberal Arts en_US
dc.subject taphonomy en_US
dc.subject black cat cave en_US
dc.subject 40RD299 en_US
dc.subject skeletal remains en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.subject archaeology en_US
dc.subject PXRF en_US
dc.subject soil en_US
dc.subject faunal remains en_US
dc.subject domestic dog en_US
dc.subject cave en_US
dc.subject archair period en_US
dc.subject Middle Tennessee en_US
dc.subject eastern woodlands en_US
dc.subject Black Cat Tavern en_US
dc.subject prehistoric grave site en_US
dc.subject dog domestication en_US
dc.title Taphonomy Today: a Taphonomic Analysis of Faunal Remains from Black Cat Cave (40RD299) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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