Paleopathologies of the vertebral column in medieval skeletons.

  title={Paleopathologies of the vertebral column in medieval skeletons.},
  author={Maria Ines Hofmann and Thomas Boeni and K. W. Alt and Ulrich Woitek and Frank J R{\"u}hli},
  journal={Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur},
  volume={66 1},
Paleopathological data provide valuable information about health, longevity and mortality in earlier human populations. We investigated the incidence of spinal pathologies on 54 individuals (1045 vertebrae and 18 sacral bones) that belong to a medieval skeletal series discovered in the Dalheim monastery (Northwest Germany) and compared them with contemporary and recent populations. The skeletons were analyzed with anthropological methods (sex and age determination), by macroscopic inspection… CONTINUE READING