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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Analysis of Prehistoric Burials at the Snidow Site (46mc1), Mercer County, West Virginia
Author:   Rachel Jeanine Crawford
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   Sociology, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Nicholas Freidin
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   04/06/2007

The Snidow Site (46-MC-1) is a Late Prehistoric village site containing evidence of palisade lines, house structures and numerous prehistoric burials. Most of the burials at the site consisted of infants and subadults, with only a couple of burials being of mature adults. The analysis of the grave goods and the human skeletal remains helps archaeologists identify such things as burials rites, social organization, and status of the individuals. Archaeological excavations and technical laboratory methods were used in analyzing the artifacts associated with the Snidow site. The main objective in this analysis is to date the material, analyze the artifacts and bones associated with the burials, and to see if there is evidence of egalitarian society and organization within the village. The documented results of this analysis included the descriptions of the burials, all methodology used, skeletal analysis, artifact analysis and curation. 

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