Title page for ETD etd-04192011-104718

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kauffeld, Valerie
Author's Email Address stashadrian@gmail.com
URN etd-04192011-104718
Title Decomposition Rates in Tobacco and Hay Barns in Kentucky
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Manhein, Mary Committee Chair
Chicoine, David Committee Member
Tague, Robert Committee Member
  • mummification
  • eastern Kentucky
  • insects
  • tobacco
  • hay
  • barns
  • decomposition
  • PMI
  • residual nicotine
Date of Defense 2011-04-07
Availability unrestricted
Nine pig (Sus scrofa) carcasses were placed in three different microenvironments in eastern Kentucky in the summer of 2010 in order to aid in the determination of a Postmortem Interval (PMI) template for recently mummified remains. The three microenvironments were a tobacco barn, hay barn, and control barn. Three pigs were placed in specific locations in all of the barns outside the barn on the ground, inside the barn on the ground, and in a loft placed within five feet of the roof. Little to no natural mummification occurred at each site. Residual nicotine was also analyzed in order to determine whether or not it had a significant impact on the decomposition rate of the remains located in the tobacco barn loft. While residual nicotine was present, it did not have a significant impact on the decomposition rate for the remains at this site.
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