27. Nonspecific Infection in Paleopathology: Interpreting Periosteal Reactions

  1. Anne L. Grauer
  1. Darlene A. Weston

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345940.ch27

A Companion to Paleopathology

A Companion to Paleopathology

How to Cite

Weston, D. A. (2011) Nonspecific Infection in Paleopathology: Interpreting Periosteal Reactions, in A Companion to Paleopathology (ed A. L. Grauer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345940.ch27

Editor Information

  1. Loyola University Chicago, USA

Author Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 6 NOV 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334258

Online ISBN: 9781444345940



  • nonspecific infection in paleopathology, interpreting periosteal reactions;
  • “Periostitis,” or periosteal new bone formation, in human skeletal remains;
  • periosteal reactions, interpreted as a sign of “nonspecific infection”;
  • archaeological skeletons, periosteal lesions to infection;
  • healing, with inflammatory process successful;
  • pathological periosteal new bone production mechanism;
  • periosteal reaction, clinical interpretations;
  • periosteal new bone production types;
  • periosteal reactions, paleopathological interpretations;
  • periosteal reactions and stress indicator hypothesis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Inflammation Vs. Infection

  • Mechanisms of Pathological Periosteal New Bone Production

  • Clinical Interpretations of Periosteal Reactions

  • Paleopathological Interpretation of Periosteal Reactions

  • Conclusions

  • References