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Keywords:

  • palaeopathology;
  • pre-Columbian;
  • radiocarbon;
  • treponematosis

ABSTRACT

This short report describes a human skeleton from an archaeological site in England showing signs of treponemal disease. A radiocarbon determination indicates that it is firmly pre-Columbian in date. The implications for recent debates concerning the origin of treponemal disease in Europe are discussed. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.