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Reading the BonesActivity, Biology, and Culture$
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Elizabeth Weiss

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054988

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054988.001.0001

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Activity Indicator Facets

Activity Indicator Facets

(p.115) 6 Activity Indicator Facets
Reading the Bones

Elizabeth Weiss

University Press of Florida

This chapter covers activity indicator facets, which are extra facets, facet extensions, or fossae near joints that have been associated with habitual activities. Many activity indicator facets are used to determine postural behaviors, such as kneeling and squatting. Load-carrying behaviors have also been assumed to result in accessory facets, especially at the sacro-iliac joint. Activity indicator facets, such as the Poirier’s facets, Allen’s facets, and Baastrup’s kissing spines, have become less frequently used by bioarchaeologists in recent years. Now, activity indicator facets are mainly found in archaeological site descriptions in which the activities are reconstructed using the site’s artifacts too. The waning interest in activity indicator facets may be due to the lack of clinical, sports, and animal research to support the link between the facets and activities.

Keywords:   activity indicator facets, Allen’s facets, Baastrup’s kissing spines, kneeling, Poirier’s facets, squatting

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