2013
DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12303
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A Test of the Revised Auricular Surface Aging Method on a Modern European Population

Abstract: The accurate age estimation of adults is an important step in the construction of the biological profile of skeletonized remains. The auricular surface of the ilium as it was developed in 1985 by Lovejoy et al., is one of the methods employed for age estimation. This study presents the results of a blind test of the revised auricular surface aging method developed by Buckberry and Chamberlain. A sample of 120 individuals from the Athens Collection was used to test this revised aging technique. Almost all featu… Show more

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“…Stage VII was the one that appeared to correspond better with the known ages of the individuals (56-78 years). However, Moraitis et al's [21] study agrees with previous ones that indicated age underestimation for older individuals along with overestimation for younger ones.…”
Section: Introductionsupporting
confidence: 86%
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“…Stage VII was the one that appeared to correspond better with the known ages of the individuals (56-78 years). However, Moraitis et al's [21] study agrees with previous ones that indicated age underestimation for older individuals along with overestimation for younger ones.…”
Section: Introductionsupporting
confidence: 86%
“…The results of the Falys et al paper [20] are in agreement with these of Hens and Belcastro [24], who also concluded that due to the pronounced variation in the age ranges that are associated with each composite score, fewer stages with wider age ranges should be adopted when age estimation from the auricular surface is attempted. Moraitis et al [21], on the other hand, applied the B-C [18] method on a modern Greek sample, namely the Athens Collection, and found a deviation of 5.5-12.6 years on all age stages. However, this study did not provide information on the actual number of individuals from the Athens Collection for whom age could be correctly estimated using the B-C [18] method, rather the authors reported only average age estimates per composite score; therefore, their results are not directly comparable to those of the present study.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…when the method has been tested on different populations, bias and inaccuracy, based on the mean ages derived from, and reflecting the structure of, the Spitalfields population are commonly used (Falys et al 2006;Gocha et al 2015;Hens and Belcastro 2012;Moraitis et al 2014;Mulhern and Jones 2005;Rissech et al 2012;San Millán et al 2013). Unsurprisingly, given the old demography of the Spitalfields reference sample, the vast majority of these studies have found that the Buckberry-Chamberlain method performs better on older individuals (Falys et al 2006;Gocha et al 2015;Hens and Belcastro 2012;Mulhern and Jones 2005;San Millán et al 2013).…”
Section: Figure 2 Herementioning
confidence: 99%
“…Reconstruction of biological profile of unknown individuals would be incomplete without age determination. Age determination can be performed based on developing dentition, growing skeleton or degenerative changes of the skeleton [1]. For adults, age can be estimated using indicators involved in processes of bone resorption, deposition and remodelling [2].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%