The archaeology of disease

  title={The archaeology of disease},
  author={Lawrence I. Conrad},
  journal={Medical History},
  pages={517 - 518}
  • L. Conrad
  • Published 1 October 1996
  • Medical History

Dwarfism in Imperial Rome: A Case of Skeletal Evidence

This work presents a case of dwarfism in an adult skeleton of the Imperial Age (I-II century A.D.) from Rome and evidenced a very short stature of this individual who showed several centimetres of shortening of the limbs.

Body modification and paleopathological evidence in the iconography from the 'Philosophical Travel' to

The documentary evidence is considered in the context of modern paleopathological inquiry, contributing to the understanding of cultural practices and diseases affecting the Amazonian inhabitants during the 18 th century.

The Sommersdorf mummies—An interdisciplinary investigation on human remains from a 17th-19th century aristocratic crypt in southern Germany

To test the accuracy of the historical records in comparison to archaeological, anthropological and genetic data, a detailed scientific examination was performed on five mummies, and probable identification was achieved in two cases.


Written sources from the eighteenth century, describing what was clearly of an Iron Age burial discovered accidentally, led a group of archaeologists from the University of Oulu to make an excavation

Genetic Evidence of the Black Death in the Abbey of San Leonardo (Apulia Region, Italy): Tracing the Cause of Death in Two Individuals Buried with Coins

Molecular analyses ascertained that the individuals buried in San Leonardo were victims of the Black Death (1347–1353) and the data confirmed the lack of inspection of the corpses despite the presence of numerous coins.

An examination of the evidence for the existence of leprosy and Hansen's Disease in medieval Ireland

Much concerning the disease termed leprosy is accepted as received knowledge, without thought to time and place, but there were many differences in how leprosy sufferers were treated across regions

Palaeopathological Evidence of Infectious Disease in a Skeletal Population from Late Medieval Riga, Latvia (15Th-17Th Centuries AD)

This research provides unique evidence about infectious disease in skeletal populations from the late medieval period in Latvia, and the results will be used as the basis for future research in the subject, including extraction of ancient pathogen DNA.

Bone deformities and skeletal malformations in the Roman Imperial Age.

This paper describes some cases of individuals affected by skeletal deformities resulting in "freak" appearance during large archaeological excavations in the Roman territory, carried out by the Special Superintendence to the Archeological Heritage of Rome in the last years.

The 'gout' of the Medici, Grand Dukes of Florence: a palaeopathological study.

The association between DISH and elite status, highlighted in recent research, receives further confirmation in the present study, furnishing evidence to the significance of this disorder as a lifestyle indicator.

A bioarchaeological investigation of a multiple burial associated with the Batavia mutiny of 1629

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