Towards Cilento to study bones!

This month I finally managed to reach one of my dear colleague in Cilento, to carry out the anthropological and paleopathological study of osteological remains recovered inside a crypt in the province of Salerno.

Ernesto dug this deposit in 2017, when we met on my first methane pipeline. At that time, he told me that there would be the opportunity for a study on osteological findings but he didn’t talk about it for a while.

This year he contacted me because he was writing the monograph dedicated to the restoration of the Convent and consequently it would have been very interesting to include the data on the osteological material found inside one of the crypts.

So after getting rid of the various commitments of work and the School of Specialization, I left, together with my partner of work and life Tommaso, for Cilento, where Ernesto and his family were waiting for us.

We stayed three days in total. During the first day we went to the Convent, where the boxes full of bones were waiting for us. Immediately the material was washed and left to dry, even though the damp weather was not very cooperative during this phase.

The second day the study began, where I proceeded with the division of the skeletal districts, the siding and the determination of the minimum number of individuals.

During this day I also determined the sex and age at death on the skulls and coxals that were preserved.

On the third day I focused my attention on pathologies, and although this sample was very fragmented and altered by the tafonomic agents, it has preserved very interesting case studies, which I will show you as soon as the monograph is published!

For this study I would like to thank Dr. Ernesto Bianco for the opportunity of this work and his family for the hospitality they offered us during our stay in Cilento. Furthermore, I would like to thank my very dear colleagues, Dr. Maria Cristina Serrangeli and Dr. Fiorella Bestetti for their valuable suggestions and Professor Robert Mann for advice in paleopathological analysis.

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