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This article presents a feasibility study with the objective of investigating the potential of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) to estimate the bone age and sex of deceased persons. To obtain virtual skeletons, the bodies of 22 deceased persons with known age at death were scanned by MDCT using a special protocol that consisted of high-resolution… (More)
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).
During the excavation of a church in Biel a medieval cranium was found (600-700 a.c.) which showed a large radicular cyst in the middle facial area, located on tooth 16 which caused considerable facial deformation. Furthermore carious lesions and evidence of chronic periodontal disease were discovered, which gave some indications on the way of life the… (More)
At La Neuveville (Switzerland) close to the Blanche Eglise a separately buried amputated leg from the 19th century was discovered. The pathological lesions of the knee joints are most likely due to a nonspecific infection (Osteomyelitis). However, postmortal defects made an exact diagnosis difficult. Two foot-amputated male burials were discovered on St.… (More)
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.