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An osteology database built in Access based loosely on Standards
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I wrote this Access database in 2007 to help in my osteological data collection for my dissertation. This is a slightly updated version from 2010, as I've added a screen (and associated tables) for recording major musculoskeletal markers of stress. I find that this opens fine in the latest iteration of Access, even without re-saving it as a new file type. But I've included all the versions I could in the zip file for your convenience.

Getting Started:

  • Download the repository as a .zip file by clicking "Download ZIP" over on the right of this page --->
  • Extract all the files. Pick the format you want (e.g., 2000, 2002-03, 2010) and open it.
  • Embiggen. Enter data. Enjoy working with something more user-friendly and powerful than Excel!

There are several look-up tables associated with pathologies, MSMs, etc. These are primarily based on the scoring suggestions in Standards for Data Collection from Human Skeletal Remains (Buikstra & Ubelaker 1994). The pathologies in particular, though, are not exactly the same coding. I've simplified them greatly, as pathology has not been my focus in using this database. I also never created any reports or added any code to make things magically calculate (e.g., fusion scores for cranial vault).

For a more thorough but less flexible database that uses Standards, try the freeware program Osteoware from the Smithsonian.

I'm posting this with a CC BY-NC-SA license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike). I'd appreciate an attribution if you use/reuse these for your (non-profit) research.

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