Abstract

This research explores the idea that the processes and rate of bone decomposition are affected by differential temperatures after death. Previous research supports changes in the molecular structure of bone due to different weather conditions, in addition to gross macroscopic changes, but there remain issues in understanding how these possible changes affect decomposition overall. In this research, I will explore how the freeze-thaw cycle affects decomposition, and what the relationship between weathering on bone and the natural decomposition process is. My hypothesis is that the freeze-thaw cycle will induce further decay, steady higher temperatures will speed up decomposition, and freezing will slow decomposition. My control sample will act as a measure to evaluate the role that weather (temperature) plays in decomposition.

Advisor

Kathleen T. Blue

Committee Member

Bryce W. Hoppie

Committee Member

Kathryn J. Elliott

Date of Degree

2019

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Anthropology

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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