This semester, Dr. Charles Egeland and a team of undergraduate students tested the relationship between butchery experience and “cutmarks,” or the incisions produced on the surface of bones by stone tools.

Whether it’s through innovative teaching in the classroom or undergraduate research in the lab, UNCG faculty want students to not only learn the material, but to get their hands dirty in the process.

For students Kevin Covell and Robert Sanderford, “getting their hands dirty” is an understatement.

Under the leadership of Dr. Charles Egeland, the two anthropology students participated in an undergraduate research project this spring that explored the evolution of skill acquisition through animal butchery.

The acquisition and butchery of large mammals with stone tools represents the earliest and most enduring manifestation of human interaction with technology. So how can we gauge butchery skill in a prehistoric context?

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