The Native American Graves Protection And Repatriation Act Of 1990 And Minnesota Statute 307.08

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The following writing sample is an excerpt from the second chapter of my departmental honors thesis “The Reliability of Five Commonly Used Ancestral Techniques and their Implications Regarding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 and Minnesota Statute 307.08”.

Chapter II
Review of Techniques

Interorbital Features Method
Over the years, several techniques involving the analysis of human skeletal remains for the purposes of ancestral classification have been developed. Many of the earliest techniques involved the visual comparison of different morphoscopic traits and subsequent classification based on the anthropologist’s subjective opinion. Although many of these non-metric techniques have been shown to be successful, they lack the objectivity and precision offered by metric approaches (Gill and Gilbert 1990).
Noticing the shortcomings of non-metric techniques, especially with regard to forensic casework where objective and quantifiable methods are required in the courtroom, Giles and Elliot (1962) developed a discriminant functions method involving various measurements of the cranium. The advantages of this technique include: the use of well-defined measurements, development from large samples of individuals of European, African, and Native American descent, and published percentages of correct and incorrect classification rates (Gill and Gilbert 1990). Although this technique has shown to perform well in correctly classifying individuals of…
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