Osteological applications of high-resolution computed tomography: A prehistoric arrow injury

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Abstract

In comparison to conventional computed tomography (CT) and radiography, high-resolution CT is a superior means of visualizing and quantifying fine structures in a wide range of materials. Here the shape and size of a chert arrowhead lodged in a 700-year-old tibia from Norris Farms #36, Illinois, are identified, as are the bony response and the arrow's probable trajectory through the bone. The use of high-resolution CT - In this instance, to identify structures down to the level of individual trabeculae - can be used in other archaeological applications when fine details are important and specimens cannot be damaged by invasive (i.e., destructive) procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-879
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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