Vol. 126 No. 1 (2022)
Original Article

An anthropological and paleopathological analysis of a peculiar skeleton from the Necropolis of Zancle (1st century BCE – 1st century CE): a case report

Claudia Fiorentino
Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento STEBICEF
Roberto M. Miccichè
Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento STEBICEF
Luca Sìneo
Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento STEBICEF
Published September 21, 2022
Keywords
  • physical anthropology,
  • biological profile,
  • paleopathology,
  • Sicily
How to Cite
Fiorentino, C., Miccichè, R. M., & Sìneo, L. (2022). An anthropological and paleopathological analysis of a peculiar skeleton from the Necropolis of Zancle (1st century BCE – 1st century CE): a case report. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, 126(1), 43-59. https://doi.org/10.36253/ijae-13734

Abstract

The work presents the results of the anthropological and paleopathological analysis carried out on human skeletal remains of an individual (T-173) found in a burial from the necropolis “sector 96”, Messina, Sicily, dating back to the Roman Empire (1st century BCE – 1st century CE). The study aimed to acquire the information necessary for the reconstruction of the biological profile. In fact, T173 is an adult male which is particularly interesting from a paleopathological point of view, showing skeletal anomalies from the cranial to the post-cranial skeleton probably caused by variations of genetic, neoplastic, articular and dental nature. Furthermore, the analyses have highlighted the possible cause of death, related to two perimortem traumatic lesions on parietal bones. 

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