Peri mortem cranial injuries from a medieval grave in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Bologna, Italy

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  • F. Facchini,

    1. Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica Sperimentale, Unità di Antropologia, via Selmi 3, 40126, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
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  • E. Rastelli,

    1. Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica Sperimentale, Unità di Antropologia, via Selmi 3, 40126, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
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  • M. G. Belcastro

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    1. Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica Sperimentale, Unità di Antropologia, via Selmi 3, 40126, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
    • Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica Sperimentale, Unità di Antropologia, Laboratorio di Bioarcheologia e Osteologia forense, Università di Bologna, via Selmi 3, 40126 Bologna, Italy.
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Abstract

In 1999, renovation work in the 16th century crypt in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Bologna (Italy), uncovered a capuchin-type grave probably from the Early Middle Ages, containing commingled bones belonging to several individuals. A study of the osteoarchaeological material by the Laboratory of Bioarchaeology and Forensic Osteology of the University of Bologna identified two skulls of young males, both presenting signs of direct traumatic lesions produced peri mortem: one on the frontal, the other on the left parietal. The aim of the present study was to examine the lesions in relation to possible aetiological factors. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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