By Margaret Cox, Simon Mays
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Gordon Turner-Walker Institute of Archaeology and Cultural History, Vitenskapsmuseum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway Dr Gordon Turner-Walker is a researcher in Archaeological Science and Conservation, based at the Vitenskapsmuseum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. He gained a BSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, University of London, before working in field archaeology for several years. In 1989 he completed a Diploma in Archaeological Conservation at the University of Durham, followed by a PhD in the characterization of fossil bone, also at Durham.
While some traits may be under simple genetic control, oral tori in particular seem to be especially enigmatic and could be environmentally determined. As so often happens, these traits have been drawn into the basic methodology of investigating skeletons, and are even used to suggest family clustering in cemeteries,15 which makes their further study even more urgent. It is correct to call these traits 'epigenetic' as none show simple Mendelian inheritance. Rather, they are the expression of genes affecting development, but are also influenced by environmental factors.
Thomas Bateman, for example, digging between 1848 and 1858, initiated a skeletal collection that remains today in Sheffield. Others followed, and some reported on and illustrated the cranial material, and even T. H. 10 Methodology was already being considered, and new techniques of recording explored. John Grattan, for instance, developed a contouring method as an alternative or extension of conventional measurement. More rigorous mathematical treatment of osteometric data was also needed, and Karl Pearson at University College London took up this challenge.