Foot amputation by the Moche of ancient Peru: osteological evidence and archaeological context

  title={Foot amputation by the Moche of ancient Peru: osteological evidence and archaeological context},
  author={John W. Verano and L S Anderson and Regulo Franco},
  journal={International Journal of Osteoarchaeology},
Three probable cases of foot amputation, with healing, in skeletal remains associated with the Moche culture (AD 100–750) of northern coastal Peru are described. Each case exhibits non-functional tibio-talar joints with proliferative bone occupying the normal joint space. The robusticity of the tibiae and fibulae suggest renewed weight-bearing and mobility following recovery. The osteological evidence is consistent with details shown in Moche ceramic depictions of footless individuals. A… 

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