Osteology

The St. Stephen's skeletal collection is composed of over 15,000 human remains exhumed from repository 6 of the crypt complex.    Skeletal remains offer a unique perspcitve on ancient life because they provide a composite record of humans biological entitites within a cultural and environmental setting, demonstrating the degree to which an individual has adapted to his or her environment .  Physical anthropologists thus "look for life in patterns of death", synthesizing biology and culture into a biocultural framework for viewing the past.

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This component of the website will explore the biological findings to date, by providing a discussion of discoveries, images of interesting finds, and a tutorial on how the data were collected.   Please click on the topic of interest:
 
 
  Age Reconstruction
  Sex Reconstruction
  Stature Reconstruction
  Community Size
  Paleopathology (UC)
  Regional Comparisons
Note:   Several links are still under construction (UC).  If you click on the "Jerusalem cross" icon and nothing happens, the site is not yet ready.  Thank you for your patience.


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