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'Khudaverdyan AY, HOBOSYAN SG, SARATIKYAN AA, 2021: Bioarchaeological evidence for the health status of a Late Bronze and Early Iron ages Bover population (Armenia). Anthropologie (Brno) 59, 1: 55-78'.
|Osteological data from Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages skeletal series provide insight into health, disease,
and stress levels in Bover site (Armenia, Lori Region). The sample was recovered during excavations in 2009 and 2015.
Sixty two skeletons from burial ground Bover were analyzed macroscopically and X-ray for pathological conditions such
as traumatic injuries, trepanation, infectious disease and dental pathology. This study has shown that average age at
death was relatively high. Life expectancy at birth for the Bover population is 32.1 years. Trauma to the skull was common,
which suggests a high level of inter-personal violence. Cases of benign neoplasm's observed in group should be viewed as
non-life-threatening disorders. Bover site showed a high frequency of auditory exostosis. The dental pathology conditions
of this population were numerous. Agriculture introduced people to carbohydrates, or sugars, which affect the teeth and
cause dental caries. The staple diet of ancient population from Lori Region (Shnogh river) consisted of wine, bread,
vegetables, and fruits.|
|Armenia – Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages – Bover – Metabolic disease – Trauma – Trepanation –
Tumors – Infectious disease – Dental pathologies|