There are a variety of natural and human caused processes that impact skeletal remains; the study of these processes is called taphonomy. Human causes include anthropogenic mark such as chops, cuts and kerfs that are distinctive from marks caused by plant or animal activity. By studying the different marks made by a variety of tools on faunal bone, we can learn to identify these patterns and apply them to future research. This aids in forensic investigations to identify what has occurred to an individual such as previous trauma or manner of death public spheres (e.g. family roles and relations, versus employment opportunities).
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