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(posted Tuesday October 27th)

">Vertebra from Driffield Terrace with decpitation cut

The York Archaeological Trust for Research and Excavation has now made the Driffield Terrace osteological report available on their website. Current research into bite marks on one of the Roman skeletons is investigating whether they were gladiators.

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Lecture: To prove I am not forgot - Giving a voice to the urban poor

Paper on 19th century skeletal slum populations from northern England at the European Archaeology Association Conference in Glasgow on the 2nd -5th of September 2015

'To prove I'm not forgot' - Giving a voice to the urban poor through analysis of skeletal populations from Rotherham and Leeds, Northern England. This paper compares the skeletal data from three 19th century urban populations, one from Rotherham Minster, South Yorkshire (of low socioeconomic status; analysed by Katie Keefe) and two from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK: Victoria Gate (representing those living in the industrial slums in central Leeds), and St George's Crypt (of middle socioeconomic status) analysed by Anwen Caffell. The inner city children suffered from stunted growth, stress indicators, rickets, scurvy and infectious disease. The Rotherham children succumbed to these stresses within the first year of life, while some children at Victoria Gate survived to 8-10 years. The poor childhood health and high mortality was probably due to cramped living conditions, poor hygiene and an inadequate diet. Both slum populations showed evidence for chronic respiratory disease, probably related to pollution. In contrast, the middle class St George's Crypt population, who lived on the edge of the city showed minimal evidence for childhood stress. However, all three populations showed skeletal evidence for tuberculosis, suggesting that status could not prevent contracting this infectious disease. Acknowledgements: WYAS Archaeological Services and MAP Archaeological Projects

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