Periosteal new bone formation (PNBF) in fetal and infant individuals has long been identified and recorded within both clinical and osteological investigations, with both invitro radiological studies and osteological dry-bone investigations attempting to distinguish between physiological and pathological changes. Yet, the homogeneity of physiological and pathological PNBF has meant that the identification, interpretation, and diagnosis of PNBF is highly contentious. In rapidly growing fetal-infant individuals correctly recognising and interpreting PNBF has thus been problematic.

A recording scheme for PNBF in fetal-infant individuals has been developed by the workshop organiser, which proposes a new systematic way in which to macroscopically record and grade NBF to long-bones in non-adults. This new method provides a 5-step recording system, as well as a unique visual and descriptive four-tier grading scheme aiding osteological assessment and interpretation in both archaeological and forensic contexts. It is intended that this new method will ensure that all future investigations can be consistent in their recording and interpretation of NBF.

This workshop will allow participants to explore and understand this new method theoretically, whilst simultaneously enabling them to utilise the method in practice. Participants will be able to discuss the method, their findings, and interpretations regarding physiological or pathological PNBF within their working groups. If members agree, use of their results, in comparison to prior inter-observer tests, and broader feedback regarding the method will also be requested to inform improvements of the methodology.

Friday, April 21, 12:15-2:15pm

Organizer: Claire Hodson (University of Reading)

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