Case of metastatic carcinoma from end of the 8th–Early 9th century Slovakia
Article first published online: 10 OCT 2001
Copyright © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 116, Issue 3, pages 216–229, November 2001
How to Cite
Šefčáková, A., Strouhal, E., Němečková, A., Thurzo, M. and Staššíková-Štukovská, D. (2001), Case of metastatic carcinoma from end of the 8th–Early 9th century Slovakia. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 116: 216–229. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1117
- Issue published online: 10 OCT 2001
- Article first published online: 10 OCT 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JUN 2001
- Manuscript Received: 22 JUN 2000
- early Middle Ages;
- Slavonic culture;
- Central Europe;
The first case of metastatic carcinoma ever detected in Slovakia comes from a Slavonic cemetery at Borovce, in the district of Piešt'any, which is dated from the end of the 8th to the middle of the 12th century AD. The disease afflicted a 50–60-year-old male, buried in a grave from the older phase of inhumation (8th–early 9th century AD). A number of osteolytic metastases were found in all bones of the skull and postcranial skeleton except for the forearms, hands, lower legs, and feet. They were studied macroscopically by standard X-rays, and by scanning electron microscopy and laser scanning confocal microscopy. Analogous finds from Central European countries were also obtained. They are discussed in relation to their chronology, which shows a tendency of increasing occurrence culminating in the Middle Ages. Some demographic and paleopathological characteristics of the burials in the Borovce cemetery are also provided. Am J Phys Anthropol 116:216–229, 2001. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.