Childhood scurvy in a medieval burial from Mačvanska Mitrovica, Serbia
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 197–207, March/April 2011
How to Cite
Brown, M. and Ortner, D. J. (2011), Childhood scurvy in a medieval burial from Mačvanska Mitrovica, Serbia. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 21: 197–207. doi: 10.1002/oa.1124
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 5 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Received: 17 FEB 2009
- Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York. Grant Number: 66580–0035
- Graduate Research Fellowship from the Graduate School and University Center (CUNY)
- Smithsonian Institution. Grant Number: SFG-0-05594
The type and distribution of abnormalities in the skeleton of a child 2 years of age indicates that the child likely suffered from scurvy at the time of death. The burial is from the archaeological site of Zidine, Mačvanska Mitrovica, Serbia dated to the Medieval Period. Abnormal porosity and reactive woven bone formation are present affecting both the axial and appendicular skeleton. This case of scurvy is important because archaeological evidence of scurvy in this geographical location and at this time period is unknown. It is also important because the relative completeness of the skeleton and the widespread evidence of skeletal abnormalities provide additional insight regarding the skeletal manifestations of scurvy in young children. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.