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Childhood scurvy in a medieval burial from Mačvanska Mitrovica, Serbia

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  • Matthew Brown,

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    1. Department of Anthropology, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, New York, USA
    2. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Zooarchaeology Laboratory, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11210, USA
    • Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11210, USA.
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  • Donald J. Ortner

    1. Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, NMNH MRC 112, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, District of Columbia 20013-7012, USA
    2. Department of Archaeological Sciences, The University of Bradford, Bradford, UK
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Abstract

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.

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