Bone fragment-size distributions from three archaeological sites were examined in relation to a general model of mechanical fragmentation. The results show a close fit between archaeological bone size distributions and the model for all sites and skeletal elements, regardless of bone marrow content, shape, and recovery/recording procedures. The results suggest that the role played by general equifinal fragmentation processes in archaeological bone assemblage formation may be important, and deserves further study.
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I wish to thank Yosef Garfinkel (Hebrew University), Omry Barzilai, Nimrod Getzov and Ron Lavi (Israel Antiquities Authority), Nava Panitz-Cohen (Hebrew University) and Robert Mullins (Azusa Pacific University) for permission to use data from their excavation in this study. Analysis of SHG faunal remains was funded by a generous scholarship from the Israeli Council for Higher Education. Guy Bar-Oz, Reuven Yeshurun and Shimon Marom have contributed many useful comments on this manuscript, although the views represented therein are solely my own.
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