Background: The recovery of foetal remains is very sporadic in archaeology, especially due the scarce degree of bone mineralisation. This paper presents the singular archaeological discovery of a foetal tile preserving the bone remains, object of our anthropological examination. Materials and methods: The foetal tile was discovered during an archaeological excavation in a medieval site (Northern Italy). The tile was analysed by CT scan and later, human remains were anthropologically examined. Results: The archaeological investigation revealed a special ritual destined to foetuses while forensic anthropological analysis allowed estimating the gestational age near to 21â24âweeks.
|Titolo:||A foetal tile from an archaeological site: anthropological investigation of human remains recovered in a medieval cemetery in Northern Italy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su Rivista|