Potential of Cremated bones Research Paper

Potential of Cremated bones
This essay discusses the potential of cremated bones as a source of information.
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Description:

In this article, the writer notes that cremation has long been in practice and once was the only process by which ancient men would dispose of their dead. The writer discusses that cremated bones, though archeologically available only in small fragmented pieces, can become the gateway through which one can travel back in time and study the culture and traditions of a society long gone and lost in the realms of time and history. The writer studies what a cremated bone is and what information can be obtained from cremated bones regarding a person's society. This study aims to demystify the cremated bones and shed some light on them.

Outline:
Cremated Bones - A Definition
Brief History of Cremated Bones
The Process of Cremation
Information available from Cremated Bones about Society & Individual
Dating Cremated Bones
Survival of Cremated Bones
Summary

From the Paper:

"The age of civilization can be predicted with the help of this. Study of a cremated bone would also tell us about age of the cremated individual as to whether he was an adult or a child. The age could be ascertained from various remaining bone fragments like parts of the skull having cranial sutures, not completely ossified parts of long bones, unfused epiphyses and diaphyses. Teeth which have not erupted at the time of death, as in a child, generally survive the intense heat and can tell a rough estimate of the age of the individual. Smaller bones like seamaids, terminal phalanges often survive bone fragmentation thus allowing a detailed study. Bones can also be recognised from their fragmentation pattern which follows a regular pattern and is not random. The fragmentation pattern depends on the anatomy of the bone and an experienced person can tell at once just by looking at it as to what part of the bone the fragmented part belonged to."

Sample of Sources Used:

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