Skip to comments.Rare Finding of Ancient Greek Warrior
Posted on 05/25/2013 6:18:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Anagnostis Agelarakis, Greek professor and Chair of Anthropology at Adelphi University in Long Island, New York, transported some of the remains of a wounded ancient Greek warrior from Greece to Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, with the Greek Archeological Services permission...
LIG radiologist Helise Coopersmith performed an X-ray on a bone fragment from the soldier, whose remains date back to more than 2,500 years. In the left ulna (a major bone in the forearm) a bronze arrowhead is embedded.
It was deduced that the shaft of the arrow and part of one of its three lobes had been removed by Greek field surgeons. However, the rest of the arrowhead suspected to be hooked had to be left in place, because attempts to remove it were unsuccessful or would have caused greater damage to the soldiers wound, as reported on PRWeb news center website.
The results of the X-ray proved conclusively that the arrowhead was, in fact, hooked and had to be kept in place to preserve the tissue of the warriors arm. Crude attempts to remove the arrowhead, without the benefit of anesthesia, would have been extremely painful, the radiologist noted...
His colleagues date the grave of the wounded warrior back to the time of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
Prof. Agelarakis says he believes the warrior survived and lived with the embedded arrowhead, probably until the age of 58 to 62 years. He lived with constant pain, akin to very severe carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as post-traumatic syndrome effects.
Dr. Coopersmith, a musculoskeletal radiologist who specializes in reading X-rays of broken bones, said the procedure confirms that the warrior must have lived in great pain for years after sustaining his injury on the battlefield.
(Excerpt) Read more at usa.greekreporter.com ...
Professor Argie Agelaraki, in collaboration with her student Kimberly Lombardi, designed an astounding forensic facial reconstruction of the Greek warrior based on his skull.
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He lived with constant pain, akin to very severe carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as post-traumatic syndrome effects.
Yeah, right. The life this guy likely endured BEFORE he was ever wounded would give many people today PTSD.
Don’t ya love it...?
A 2500 year old, post-mortem psychoanalysis.....
Interesting. Thanks for finding and posting the article.
I’ve got a screw in the side of one of my knees.
First cold spell every year it feels like some psycho with a Black and Decker drill is working on me.
We know this how?
The Macedonians were known for their heavy drinking, and at a Greek symposium the participants were more likely to drink until they passed out than to listen to scholarly talks (but all in a good cause, to honor the god Dionysus). Maybe wounds like this warrior suffered may be part of the reason for that custom.
Poor guy. Sounds awful.
The modern Greek is not so stoic it seems.
I hope there’s more information in a later article, and written by a native speaker of English.