Age, Sex, Metrics, Comments
This column is for the analyst 's best estimate of age based on overall bone condition, not simply fusion or eruption state. Note that all frags will be assumed adult or no assessment possible if blank. Juveniles (unfused) should be recorded in the FUSION column. "Neonatal" refers to the commonly found elements that are rough textured, unfused and usually deriving from animals < = 3 -4 months old. "Foetal" refers to extremely young animals, either really late foetal or 1-2 weeks old. Both categories are regularly recovered from North Atlantic sites, and may be worth separating. "Old" elements are from animals showing clear marks of age (not only fused, but obliterated epiph. Lines, exteoses, etc)- do not apply to all adults, thanks!
Metrics / Tooth Rows
Enter here the working codes for measurable elements and tooth rows (mandible or maxilla). Enter the metrical and tooth row data on the TCF form.
Use the comments section to record observations specific to the bone - non metrical characters, pathologies, or any other information that may be helpful.