ANTHROPOLOGIE
International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
 
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2019 (Vols. 1-57)
ISSN 0323-1119 (Print)
ISSN 2570-9127 (Online)
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'Khudaverdyan A, 2010: Pattern of disease in 2nd-1st millennium BC necropolis from Lchashen, Armenia. Anthropologie (Brno) 48, 3: 239-254'.
 
Abstract
Human skeletal remains offer an important source of information in the study of past peoples. Palaeopathological research contributes directly to the interaction between culture and biology in prehistoric populations. This study introduces some diseases which occur among the population of Armenia in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages (2nd-1st millennium BC). Extreme living conditions o negatively reflected on the state of health of the population. The results of this research reveal a documented list of palaeopathologies that include traumatic conditions, bone tumours, infectious diseases, dental pathology, and various other conditions that afflicted the people in their daily lives. Skull trauma was common, which suggests a high level of inter-personal violence. There was less evidence of dental caries although dental abscesses and wear were more prevalent. The frequencies of signs such as osteomyelitis, leprosy, abscesses, and so forth, testify to the fact that the people experienced a variety of forces and durations of stressful influences, both internal and external. Individuals from the Sevan region may have had more chronic infections due to continued exposure to pathogens during their lives as well as traumatic injuries. Cases of trepanation were also noted.
 
Keywords
Armenia - Palaeopathologies - Traumas - Trepanation - Osteomyelitis - Bone tumours
 
 
 
 

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