Scientists Discuss “Bioarchaeology of Care”

www.archaeology.org | 3/13/2019 | Staff
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Scientists Discuss “Bioarchaeology of Care”

BERLIN, GERMANY—Science Magazine reports that scientists have gathered at a conference organized by Emmanuele Petiti and Julia Gresky of the German Archaeological Institute to talk about “the bioarchaeology of care,” or how ancient societies may have cared for chronically ill and disabled individuals. For example, Marla Toyne of the University of Central Florida noted the 800-year-old remains of a Chachapoya man found in northern Peru who may have suffered from late-stage adult T-cell leukemia. He would not have been able to do much walking in the mountains where he lived, Toyne explained, and his bones lacked the signs of stress associated with hard work. Bioarchaeologist Anna Pieri said texts and iconography indicate that ancient...
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