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Seasonal Dating of Burials from the Presence of Fly Pupae

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

B. Miles Gilbert
Affiliation:
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
William M. Bass
Affiliation:
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Abstract

During the excavation of Arikara burials which were 130 to 160 years old, the author discovered the chitinous exuvia of fly pupae with many of the burials. The pupae of these scavenger flies seasonally date the burials from late March to mid-October, corresponding to the year's arrival and disappearance of these flies in South Dakota.

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Copyright © The Society for American Archaeology 1967

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References

Little, V. A. 1957 General and Applied Entomology, Harper and Brothers, New York.Google Scholar
U.S. Department of Commerce 1960 Climate of the States, South Dakota, Climatography of the United States, No. 60, p . 39. Weather Bureau, Washington.Google Scholar
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