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Harris’’s lines versus children’s living conditions in medieval Wroclaw, Poland

Harris’’s lines versus children’s living conditions in medieval Wroclaw, Poland

By Stanislaw Gronkiewicz et al., 

Variability and Evolution, Vol.9 (2001)

Abstract: The skeletal material used for research included osseous remains of 28 individuals, infantile and adolescent (inf. I, inf. II, juv.) from two medieval Wroclaw cemeteries. The analysis attempted to evaluate the occurrence of Harris’’s lines on 33 femoral bones and 32 tibial bones. We found that the number and condensation of the lines were different and were not related to the individuals’ age. Harris’’s lines were present in most of the examined individuals with the exception of newborns. The occurrence of Harris’’s lines in the examined material might confirm difficult living and hygienic conditions in medieval Wroclaw.

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