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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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Exhibition: Investigate Coppergate

The Jorvik Centre in York is displaying two human skeletons analysed by York Osteoarchaeology Ltd as part of the new exhibition.

This new gallery "Investigate Coppergate" opened to the public in 2011, and displays two human skeletons (one male and one female) from the Coppergate dig. Using newly commissioned studies the female skeleton shows visitors how the Vikings of Jorvik lived, what diseases and afflictions they suffered from, what they ate and even what she looked like. Working with archaeologists from Universities across Britain this new research is brought to the public for the first time.

Detailed examinations of what the Viking-Age citizens of Coppergate ate is presented based on scientific analysis of what was left in pottery vessels found on site and on studiesof the human poo (or coprolite) discovered in the excavation.

A new study on the remains of fish also reveals that the fish eaten by the Vikings in York changed from mainly river based to marine fish as stocks depleted, pollution took hold of the rivers, and wider trade links developed. A study using oxygen isotope analysis of the bone collagen is also discussed in the exhibition to show what was the main diet eaten by the people found at Coppergate.

New research from Dundee University on the skull of the female found at Coppergate enable York Archaeological Trust to reveal what her face looked like and a new osteological study of the remains also details that this female suffered from severe hip displacia, and a withered right leg, causing her lurching gait and consequently walk with a crutch.

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