At a point where no more sand can be removed without disturbing the bones, photographs are taken,detailed records and sketches are made and then the bits are carefully bagged up and will eventually be studied over the next year by the osteologist
-the bone specialist.
The team are all hoping the osteologist
will fill in the blanks.
, Katie Tucker found evidence suggesting just the kind of spontaneous murder that fits with Patrick's purge theory.
Mr Davidson said: ``An osteologist
,or bone specialist, will examine them carefully so that we can try and find out more about the history of diseases and the identification of genetic traits.
A giant animal skull, this year's "Mystery Skull," rested on the table in front of Guy Tasa, the museum's osteologist
. He had been identifying bones for people all day, and now he was asking people to do the same for him.
It had two significant wounds to the skull, likely caused by a sword and a halberd, a type of axe, one of which killed him, according to Jo Appleby, the project's lead osteologist
The experts on hand will include archaeologists Mel Aikens and Tom Connolly, geologist Ewart Baldwin, Jim "The Rocky Feller" Nelson, osteologist
Guy Tasa, paleontologist Bill Orr, ornithologist Dan Gleason, entomologist Ronald Hodges, local historians Quintin Barton and Paul Wellborn, textile expert Hattie Mae Nixon, native plant specialists Nick Otting and Danna Lytjen, and antique experts Bert and Lori Dotson.
And yet, while this is an old problem to osteologists
, Ubelaker (2014) reminds us that commingling has only recently been tackled by forensic anthropologists.
Leaving few bones unturned: Recent work on repatriation by osteologists
. American Anthropologist 110(1):44-52.
The skeletons will now be analysed by osteologists
from Museum of London Archaeology.