Often, artifacts held within the internal context hold clues as to the time period associated with the mummified remains. Data derived from paleoimaging are useful when other methods of dating the individual or burial site are impractical. Artifact analysis can either corroborate or refute suppositions related to the temporal context. The use of artifact analysis to assist the determination of the temporal context of associated human remains has been well established. To illustrate the use of paleoimaging in collecting data regarding artifacts associated with human remains and in placing those remains into a temporal context, three cases are presented. Although the artifacts cannot always indicate a specific date of interment, their analysis can rule out earlier dates along a timeline.
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