Further studies of crania from ancient Northern Africa: An analysis of crania from First Dynasty Egyptian tombs, using multiple discriminant functions


  • S. O. Y. Keita

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    1. Department of Anthropology, Bioanthropology Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    2. Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
    • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Douglas Hall, Box 987, Howard University, Washington DC 20059
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An analysis of First Dynasty crania from Abydos was undertaken using multiple discriminant functions. The results demonstrate greater affinity with Upper Nile Valley patterns, but also suggest change from earlier craniometric trends. Gene flow and movement of northern officials to the important southern city may explain the findings.