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Title: The skeletal biology of two late medieval Eastern Scottish populations recovered from the sites of Carmelite Friaries in Aberdeen and Perth
Author: Cross, Juliet Fiona
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1988
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The skeletal biology of two Late Medieval Scottish populations recovered in the course of the rescue urban excavation of the Carmelite Friaries of Aberdeen and Perth is described. The problems of extracting the maximum information from fragmentary and conmingled remains are discussed. At least ninety three individuals were represented in the Aberdeen series. Of these, thirty nine were immature and fifty four adult. In the Perth series, at least twenty four individuals were represented, two immature and twenty two adult. The skeletal remains represented members of the general population. The material was not markedly different from contemporary European populations in physical size and body build. The incidence of non-metric data was also comparable to other historic groups. It is suggested that the incidence of dental caries was slightly lower than other contemporary British populations. There was some evidence of tuberculosis. Degenerative joint disease was marked in the vertebral column and it was associated with a high incidence of Schmorl's nodes. These pathological conditions are suggestive of a strenuous lifestyle. High levels of childhood morbidity, based on an analysis of transverse lines of increased density, were observed. To date, this is the only detailed descriptive analysis of two Scottish medieval populations. It is hoped that this will form the basis for continuing studies on the temporal and regional variation in Scotland.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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