Subadult Age-at-Death Estimation From the Human Calcaneus
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 471–474, July/August 2013
How to Cite
Passalacqua, N. V. (2013), Subadult Age-at-Death Estimation From the Human Calcaneus. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 23: 471–474. doi: 10.1002/oa.1255
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 24 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 27 AUG 2010
- subadult age at death
The estimation of age from subadult skeletal remains relies on the measurement of bones, which when unavailable or damaged hampers the ability to generate a reliable age estimate. The goal of this project was to demonstrate two methods for estimating age at death from the developing human calcaneus. These methods are generated from a sample of 32 European American and African American males and females with ages ranging from 1 to 19 years from the Hamann–Todd Collection. The first method was based on linear regression from two standard measurements of the calcaneus (maximum length and middle breadth); the second was based on transition analysis of fusion states of the calcaneal epiphysis. Results suggest that both methods perform well in estimating subadult age at death. Additional testing with larger contemporary samples would likely increase the accuracy of both methods. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.