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Title: Hip fractures in the Portuguese archaeological record
Authors: Curate, Francisco 
Assis, Sandra 
Lopes, Célia 
Silva, Ana Maria 
Keywords: Hip fracture; Proximal femur; Palaeopathology; Portugal
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: The Anthropological Society of Nippon
Serial title, monograph or event: Anthropological Science
Volume: 119 (1)
Abstract: Fractures are ubiquitous in the archaeological record but the majority of these are the consequence of a traumatic incident and do not reflect any loss of strength inherent to the bone. So-called fragility fractures, particularly hip fractures, are considered uncommon occurrences in skeletal populations from the past. Nevertheless, evidence of this type of fracture in the archaeological record is increasing. A methodical search for possible hip fractures in the excavation reports, theses and monographs housed in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Coimbra presented an occasion to describe six hip fractures, previously unpublished, from different Portuguese archaeological sites and to challenge the widespread assumption that hip fractures were nearly non-existent in the past.
ISSN: 1348-8570
DOI: 10.1537/ase.100211
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CIAS - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais
FCTUC Ciências da Vida - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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