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Arkeologihund: En studie i experimentell arkeologi om möjligheten att använda hund som arkeologisk prospekteringsmetod för att lokalisera humanosteologiskt material.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Archaeology dog : an experimental archaeology study on the possibility of using a dog as an archaeological prospection method to locate human bones. (English)
Abstract [en]

In today’s archaeology there’s a growing need for non-invasive prospection methods. However there’s a methodological gap and what’s missing is a method for locating human bones. In this study a specially trained German shepherd is put through scientific tests determining how good the dog is at telling the different between the scent of human and animal bones. The dog is also tested in an outdoor environment to simulate an actual archaeological site. The tests in this study show that the dog can distinguish between the smell of human and animal bones with an accuracy of 94,2 % and that he can detect human bones in the field. Further tests need to be conducted to calibrate the method.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
scent detection, olfactory sense, dog, archaeology, experiment, archaeological method, human remains, archaeology dog
Keyword [sv]
arkeologi, hund, luktsinne, specialsök, arkeologihund, humanosteologiskt material, prospektering, fältarkeologi, experimentell arkeologi, metodutveckling
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44093OAI: diva2:820238
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Available from: 2015-06-12 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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