Bioarchaeological Investigation of Possible Gunshot Wounds in 18th Century Human Skeletons from Korea
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 716–722, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Kim, Y.-S., Kim, M. J., Yu, T.-Y., Lee, I. S., Yi, Y. S., Oh, C. S. and Shin, D. H. (2013), Bioarchaeological Investigation of Possible Gunshot Wounds in 18th Century Human Skeletons from Korea. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 23: 716–722. doi: 10.1002/oa.1301
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 11 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Received: 23 DEC 2010
- gunshot wounds;
- computerised tomography;
- Joseon graves
Notwithstanding the relative abundance of bioarchaeological evidence of pre-20th century gunshot wounds discovered at European and American archaeological sites, similar findings in East Asian countries have been very rare. In this study, we report evidence of possible gunshot wounds sustained by two individuals buried in Joseon tombs of Korea. The shapes of the trauma seemed to indicate low-velocity projectiles, most likely musket balls. To our knowledge, this is the first bioarchaeological report specifically concerning possible gunshot-wound evidence in East Asian skeletons recovered from archaeological fields. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.