Anita Cohen-Williams (IACAGC@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU)
Wed, 2 Nov 1994 01:22:01 -0700

happened on Kate Spielman's dissertation project, in Hereford, Texas.

I was taught at the archaeological field school that I attended that the way
to identify bone was to touch it with your tongue. If it was indeed bone, it
would stick to the tongue.
In the field outside of Hereford, Texas, I found what looked to be bone. It
smelled like bone, hefted like it and looked like it. I stuck it in my mouth,
and it passed that test, too. So I sent it in to the lab.
The next day, the lab sent it back with the note, "Anita, this is dried cow
flop!" I no longer put ANYTHING in my mouth!

[This story is a big hit with fourth graders! BTW, I went back to the lab
director who taught me this interesting test, and told her what happened. She
no longer suggests this test...]

Anita Cohen-Williams; Reference Services; Hayden Library
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
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