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Osteoware: Standardized Skeletal Documentation Software

Osteoware: Standardized Skeletal Documentation Software

Postcranial Metrics

The Osteoware postcranial metrics module includes data entry fields for all postcranial measurements described in “Standards (Buikstra and Ubelaker,1994), but also provides several expanded features. These additions include a toggle feature to allow users to record measurements for both the left and right side of paired bones, as well as extra measurements for the scapula, humerus, radius, ulna, femur, and tibia.

The default first data entry screen for the Postcranial Metrics module.

In addition, there is a data entry field for ankle height, as well as special accessory windows for anterior vertebral body heights and metacarpal and metatarsal lengths.

The second data entry screen for the Postcranial Metrics module.

A Comments field is provided to enter special notes on the metric analysis, such as any estimated measurements and their values; however we recommend that no estimated measurements be entered into the regular data entry fields for that measurement.

The third data entry screen for the Postcranial Metrics module, note the Comments field.

Each measurement is defined and illustrated in the complete User Manual. For those measurements that are also found in the “Standards”, the corresponding measurement numbers are provided.

References

Buikstra, J.E. and D.H. Ubelaker. Standards for Data Collection From the Human Skeletal Remains. Arkansas Archaeological Survey Research Series No. 44. Arkansas Archaeological Survey: Fayetteville, 1994.