Skeletal Abnormalities in the Urban Population of Iaşi (Iaşi County, Romania): Paleopathological Data on the Necropolis Discovered in the Princely Court, 17th Century

Groza, Vasilica-Monica; Bejenaru, Luminiţa; Simalcsik, Angela (Articol)

“This paper presents the prevalence and study of abnormalities in a skeletal series exhumed from the necropolis of the former Princely Court of Iaşi City (Iași County, Romania). The necropolis, discovered in 2008 and dated in the 17th century, consists of 111 human skeletons (adolescents, adults, mature and senile) found in 60 inhumation tombs (individual and collective). The distribution on age and sex categories reveals a high prevalence of adult males. The frequency of abnormalities was estimated both separately on sexes and for the entire osteological series. In the cranial segment, wormian bones have a rate of 27.47%, metopic suture has 7.69%, whereas hypodontia is present in only 2.22% of the cases. As regards the postcranial segment, the lumbarization has the highest incidence (15.38%), followed by sacralization (13.18%) and spina bifida occulta (6.59%). Other abnormalities have sporadic occurrences.”

Cuvinte cheie: 17th century, Iaşi City, necropolis, and skeletal abnormalities

Annuaire Roumain d'Anthropologie

2015, Tom 52, p. 3-16