Archeological bone often lends itself to histological analysis. Sections from bone samples approximately one thousand years old may show as much structural preservation as those only a few hundred years old; hence, it appears that the degree of preservation is not necessarily affected by time. Enough structure may be preserved to permit the diagnosis of metabolic disorders of bone which might go undetected by other methods. This type of analysis can be utilized to accept or reject individual remains suspected of being pathological on the basis of other, less precise diagnostic techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1976


  • Bone
  • Histology
  • Paleopathology


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