Evaluating The Utility Of Portable X-ray Fluorescence To The Discrimination Of Human Remains From Commingled Contexts Public Deposited

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  • May 14, 2019
  • Gancz, Abigail
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Due to its enhanced accessibility and visibility, pXRF has recently permeated the field of biological anthropology. The emerging applications have ranged from the detection of heavy metals like Mercury, Lead, and Iron, to the analysis of paleodiets, to the comparisons of trace elements for the purpose of resolving commingling. The purpose of this thesis is to outline the theory, advantages, and realistic limitations of current pXRF equipment and methodologies in the resolution of commingled skeletal remains. The discussion will: (1) introduce the underlying theory of pXRF in the context of the commingling of human remains, (2) summarize and evaluate the past applications of spectrometry to the study of human remains, and (3) outline a collection of successful approaches for future projects as well as research frontiers which are yet unexplored.
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  • Hutchinson, Dale
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
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  • Anthropology
Honors level
  • Honors
Degree granting institution
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2019
  • English

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