Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Robert I. Sundick

Second Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth B. Garland

Third Advisor

Dr. William Cremin

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


An ossuary consisting of 53 individuals from the single component, Late Woodland Wolf Phase site of LaSalle in northern Ohio is analyzed with respect to paleodemography, paleopathology, and metric and non-metric variants. Because of the small sample size, a limited amount of paleodemografrhic information was obtainable. It was determined, however, that approximately 32 adults and 21 subadults were present. Of the 21 sexable mature specimens, 61.9% (13) were ascertained to be males, while 38.1% (8) were classified as females employing the femoral shaft circumference technique of Black. Postcranial lesions most frequently observed were diagnosed as resulting from trauma (fractures and breaks), non specific infection (periostitis) and degenerative processes (arthritis). Dental caries, antemortem tooth loss, abscess formation, and plagiocephaly accounted for all observed cranial pathologies. Metric and non-metric variables of the cranium as well as the postcranium were recorded.

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