Bone analysis is important in archaeology, forensics, and military science. The primary objective of this project was to examine the degradation of fleshed and defleshed bones using accelerated aging to simulate 1.25 years of burial in soil. Changes in mechanical properties, mass, width, color, and surface texture were documented. Fleshed bones had higher strength and hardness, brighter color, greasier feel, and less surface degradation than defleshed bones. These differences can be valuable for identification of remains and cause of death.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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