Macroscopic Characteristics of Screwdriver Trauma

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Alexandra M. Croft, M.Sc.
c/o Roxana Ferllini, M.A.
Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H OPY
U.K.
E-mail: alex_mcroft@hotmail.com

Abstract

Abstract:  The main objective of the study was to determine the type of macroscopic trauma created by a flat-tipped and a cross-tipped screwdriver. The second objective was to determine if the trauma inflicted by the two screwdrivers could be macroscopically differentiated. Three tests were conducted, each by a male volunteer. Each test consisted of 12 samples of fleshed pig ribs; six were stabbed with a flat-tipped screwdriver and the remaining six with a cross-tipped screwdriver (Phillips®). Each sample received 15 stab wounds during the process. The stabbings were conducted at perpendicular and oblique angles, with fabric variables being utilized. Results illustrate two main categories of macroscopic skeletal trauma, fractures, and puncture wounds. By studying the macroscopic appearance in tandem with differing trauma frequencies, these two screwdriver types can be differentiated.

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