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'Günay I, Akpolat E, 2009: Auditory exostoses from ancient Laodikeia (2nd-3rd century AD): the result of bath habit. Anthropologie (Brno) 47, 3: 237-241'.
Our auditory exostoses case is coming from South-west Anatolia, known as Ancient Laodikeia the part of Lydia, near Denizli, Turkey. The city is marked by the river Lykos, and thus was called Laodikeia and Lycum. The necropolis of the Ancient Laodikeia is dated between ca. 2nd and 3rd century A.D. The four male individuals who were found three graves in this necropolis indicating auditory exostoses on their temporal bones, three left and one right temporals. The causative reason for this anomaly is probably the habit of baths and also the river nearby the city Lykos. Also, the North of the city is neighbourhood to Hierapolis, known as Pamukkale, 'Cotton Fortress'formed by the travertine deposits of the calcium oxidebearing waters of a stream is remarkable place for swimming and bath habit.
Auditory exostoses - Laodikeia - Lydia - Lycum - paleopathology

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