A possible case of spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia from the Late Roman necropolis of Ibida (Slava Rusa), Romania

The skeleton (noted M 78) was discovered in 2004 at Slava Rusa necropolis (Tulcea County) from eastern Romania. The archaeological excavations for cemetery started in 2001 with a discovery of a family vault. Until 2013 were unearthed 161 graves: two from Neolithic (4500-3800 BC), 11 from Medieval period (17th-18th AD), and 148 are from the Roman-Byzantine period (4th-6th century AD).
A number of 135 graves from 4th-6th centuries AD were analyzed in the Global History of Health Project (http://global.sbs.ohio-state.edu/) and the skeleton from grave M 78 was radiocarbon dated at Arizona AMS Laboratory; the calibrate age is 321±58 AD; the grave was discovered in the trench SIV at -0.53 m depth from modern level; pit dimensions of 1.65 x 0.45 m and orientation of WSW 4500°-ENE 1300°. Description: orientation = WSW 4620° (head)-ENE 1420° (foot); the length in situ was of 1.52 m and width of 0.35 m (pelvis); the skeleton was articulated in supine position.
The pathology observed on the skeleton indicates, probably, a case of spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia.

Authors:A. D. SOFICARU
Published: 2014
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