Paleo-Tech Lightweight Field Osteometric Board

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  • Paleo-Tech is proud to introduce a new version of the very popular Field Osteometric Board.
  • New construction and machining techniques bring this board to you at a lower price than our old aluminum version.
  • The new version of the Field Osteometric Board is composed of high impact Plexiglas and aluminum reducing weight by over 70%.
  • The Field Osteometric board features the same measurement method as the Laboratory Osteometric Board minus the rod and bearing assembly but is collapsible to 12" x 6.5" x 1 1/2".
  • Design is nearly identical to the all aluminum Field Osteometric Board requiring no re-training if transitioning from the all aluminum version.
  • Scales are now laser etched directly onto the board's base along with guide lines ever centimeter (see photo on right).
  • New construction techniques allow a tighter fit than the aluminum Field Osteometric Board, requiring less positioning of the movable section prior to measurements being recorded.
  • Constructed of mostly Plexiglas, this version of the board is not as sturdy as the aluminum version and is subject to greater wear if not properly looked after. Those planning to use conduct research in extreme conditions please consider this prior to ordering.
  • Board can be customized with your name or identification mark at no extra cost.
  • Board can be customized with NAME and LOGO.  Enter NAME on checkout and please email Black and White Logo for imprint.  See pictures for example.

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    A word about the hole in the end-plate.  There is a controversy whether one should use both or just the lateral condyle.  My view is that you just use the lateral and do not need a hole, but I provide one if you disagree.  My argument is based on the following:

    The US method:


    Let me begin on which standards I based the design.  The Field and Lab board 

    end plates were developed after a design first introduced by the University 

    of Tennessee and subsequently made by a local craftsman out of wood 

    approximately 15 years ago or so.  The hole in my board and the first boards 

    from Tennessee are of the approximate same size and allow for the passage of 

    the medial and lateral intercondylar tubercles through the end plane.  The 

    standard for tibial length that I used to design the board is:


    "69.  Tibia: Length:  distance from the superior articular surface of the 

    lateral condyle to the tip of the medial malleolus.  Instrument: osteometric 

    board.  Comment: place the tibia on the board, resting on its posterior 

    surface with the longitudinal axis parallel to the instrument.  Place the 

    lip of the medial malleolus on the vertical end board and press the movable 

    upright against the proximal articular surface of the lateral condyle 

    (figure 55).";  Standards for data collection from human skeletal remains, 

    Proceedings of a Seminar at The Field Museum of Natural History Organized by 

    Janathan Haas, Jane E. Buikstra and Douglas H. Ubelaker Editors.  Arkansas 

    Archeological Survey Research Series No. 44, 1994.


    From this I interpret that one could measure tibial length without a hole to  

    accompany the intercondylar tubercles by using the edge of the movable plane 

    to locate the proximal articular surface of the lateral condyle.  As I 

    mentioned before, the addition of the hole was made at the suggestion of my 

    first customers of this particular instrument so that one could maneuver the 

    tibia into position with less complications.


    Argument against the method presented in Brothwell '81:


    ...while Brothwell (1981) does indeed state that measurement is taken 

    "...from both proximal condyles to the tip of the medial malleolus", 

    (Brothwell, 1981: 86), He sites his source for the stature formulae from 

    Trotter and Gleser, 1952 and 1958.  Trotter and Gleser state that 

    measurement of the tibia is taken by placing the "...End of the malleolus 

    against vertical wall of the osteometric board, bone resting on its dorsal 

    surface with its long axis parallel with the long axis of the board, block 

    applied to the most prominent part of the lateral half of lateral condyle." 

    (Trotter and Gleser, 1952: 473).


    It seems that Brothwell mistakenly directs that measurement be taken from 

    both condyles when the formulae were developed and rely on measurement taken 

    from only the lateral condyle.  Perhaps Brothwell mistakenly took a standard 

    from earlier in the 1952 article that refers to work done by Rollet in 1888 

    stating that "...both greatest and bicondylar lengths of the femur; and the 

    distance from the two condyles of the head (with the intercondyloid eminence 

    in the opening of the board) to the extremity of the medial malleolus of the 

    tibia were taken." (Trotter and Gleser, 1952: 464).  However, the work by 

    Rollet was not incorporated into the formulae and only given as example.  

    Any measurements taken of the tibia as directed by Brothwell cannot be 

    applied to the formulae developed by Trotter and Gleser.  Inspection of the 

    Trotter and Gleser (1958) finds no change in methods of measurements only 

    adjustment of formulae.