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Taphonomy

In this section we present the taphonomies available within CoRA for assignment to individual specimens. We currently only have Bio Taphonomy within CoRA as it is most relevant to forensic anthropologists.

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Adherent Materials

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio Adherent Materials Adipocere
Bio Adherent Materials Algae/Fungi/Lichens
Bio Adherent Materials Aluminium
Bio Adherent Materials Barnacles
Bio Adherent Materials Copper
Bio Adherent Materials Crystals
Bio Adherent Materials Desiccated Tissue black
Bio Adherent Materials Gold yellow darken-2
Bio Adherent Materials Hair/Fur
Bio Adherent Materials Insect Debris
Bio Adherent Materials Iron
Bio Adherent Materials Metal
Bio Adherent Materials Oil Residue black
Bio Adherent Materials Other Material
Bio Adherent Materials Roots/Rootlets
Bio Adherent Materials Silver
Bio Adherent Materials Soil
Bio Adherent Materials Textile/Impression

Biological

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio Biological
Bio Biological Aquatic Scavengers Large light-blue darken-1
Bio Biological Aquatic Scavengers Small blue darken-4
Bio Biological Bird green
Bio Biological Carnivore green
Bio Biological Insect green
Bio Biological Plant green
Bio Biological Rodent green

Burned

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio Burned Calcined brown
Bio Burned Charred brown
Bio Burned Fracture brown
Bio Burned Smoked brown

General Color

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio General Color Black black
Bio General Color Brown to Dark Brown brown
Bio General Color Grey grey
Bio General Color Natural blue-grey
Bio General Color Tan to Brown deep-orange lighten-3
Bio General Color Yellow to Tan yellow lighten-3

Human Modification

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio Human Modification Bleaching/Cleaning brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Bone section removed brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Cut Marks brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Drill Hole brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Excavation Damage brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Hardware Attached brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Intentional Fracture brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Other brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Plaster/Reconstruction Materials brown lighten-4
Bio Human Modification Preservatives brown lighten-4

Physical

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio Physical Cortical Exfoliation/Flaking
Bio Physical Plastic Deformation
Bio Physical Scratches/Abrasions
Bio Physical Sun bleaching
Bio Physical Weathering

Staining

branch category type subtype icon color
Bio Staining Black black
Bio Staining Black Decomposed Plant Material black
Bio Staining Black Decomposition Fluid black
Bio Staining Black Mercury black
Bio Staining Blue blue
Bio Staining Blue Vivianite blue
Bio Staining Brown brown
Bio Staining Green green
Bio Staining Green Algae/Moss green
Bio Staining Green Copper/Copper Alloys green
Bio Staining Grey/Silver grey lighten-1
Bio Staining Grey/Silver Mercury grey lighten-1
Bio Staining Orange orange
Bio Staining Pink pink
Bio Staining Purple purple
Bio Staining Red red
Bio Staining Rust deep-orange darken-4
Bio Staining White white
Bio Staining Yellow yellow

Last update: 2024-01-05
Created: 2024-01-05