In recent years, evaluations of pathologies present in archaeological skeletal remains have considerably advanced. Applying modern-day medical methods like morphological analyses has its limitations but is useful as a foundation for differential diagnoses. Compiling the differential diagnosis to narrow an underlying cause for skeletal deformities helps to breed insights into the dissemination of these conditions and the cultures themselves. This study primarily aims to assess a provisional diagnosis for the bowing deformities in the lower limbs of the Noua populations of Bronze Age Transylvania. At present, the data indicates the bowing deformities may be due to residual rickets; a metabolic condition developed during childhood caused by a lack of vitamin D absorption. The current archaeological literature speculates the Noua to be a semi-nomadic culture, but if they indeed suffered from rickets during childhood, it stands to reason that the mobility of the group would have been impaired rather than extensive.
|Advisor:||Owl, Marcus Young|
|Commitee:||Domingo-Foraste, Douglas, Quintiliani, Karen|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Archaeology, Physical anthropology|
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