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In 1973, a tomb was found in the basilica of the monastery of Neustift near Brixen (South Tyrol) containing a fragmentary skeleton of a male individual aging over 60 years. For testing the identity of the unearthed bones with those of the knight Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376/77-1445), buried in this basilica, anthropological/anthropometric, toxicological,… (More)
The skeleton of a decapitated buried in historical times (before 1798) is compared with the anatomical findings on cervical vertebrae from the last seven decapitated individuals on Bernese territory (19th century).
A case is presented of disability due to spondylitis of probable tuberculous etiology found in a skeleton from the early Middle Ages in Switzerland. It is suggested that the young woman had not been rejected from her family community or kinship because of her invalidity, as is thought to have often been the rule at that time.