Skip to comments.‘Active’ Bronze Age woman found in Highland woods
Posted on 02/15/2014 7:03:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv
A Bronze Age grave uncovered in the Highlands has revealed the remains of a woman in her forties who was suffering from toothache before she died 4,000 years ago.
Archaeologists from Glasgow-based Guard Archaeology were called in when a cist a stone burial chest was inadvertently disturbed by construction workers during landscaping of an access track through Cullaird Wood in West Torbreck, south-west of Inverness...
Osteoarchaeologist Maureen Kilpatrick analysed the bones and discovered that they belonged to a woman aged between 40 and 44.
She said: As the radiocarbon date demonstrates, this occurred at some point between 1982BC and 1889BC.
Dental disease in the form of periodontal disease and a cyst were present and are probably symptomatic of poor oral hygiene, and are probably secondary to the moderate dental wear observed on most of the teeth.
Both the right and left femurs appeared quite robust with fairly prominent muscle attachments, suggesting that the individual probably led a physically active lifestyle.
The cist is located within an area rich in prehistoric remains, many of which have only been discovered within the past few years, primarily due to development associated with the expansion of Inverness.
(Excerpt) Read more at scotsman.com ...
No grave goods?
“Poor oral hygeine’’ Ya think? Jeez, eating raw meat and dirt will do that to you.
tiamat (”Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!”) Ping...
Was she bit by a moose?
Poor dental hygiene must be genetic and indigenous to the locale. Fast forward 4K years and nothing has changed.
A better headline would have been "Body of Active Bronze Age woman found in Highland woods" or "Skeleton of
“I figured they found a live woman living in the stone age past...”
Same here! I was all up for seeing photos of this extremely rare woman isolated from another age running about through the Highland Woods.
Is it true Bronze have more fun?
I told my wife that when I die, she is to put my body in an old refrigerator and bury me in a hole in the woods. That way, 5000 years from now, some archeologist will dig me up and say, “Look at what those poor bastards had to eat.”
Bad headline. I doubt she is still very active.
Right before bedtime she said to Og “my tooth is killing me!” but he didn’t listen.
Of course she was active, not like she was on welfare.
You can say that again.
Per #16; “Bubba Teeth”.
Damn...... even grave robbers must wear the safety vests these days
or say, must have been a VIP to be buried in an air conditioned casket with a nightlight.................
Yeah, it wasn’t well thought out. :’)
A 18th century women rarely lived into their 40s, let alone bronze age.
I’m sure she’ll find a nice coldspot to bury you...
Must have lost her dental floss.
If your remains last that long.
The soil here (Mobile) is so acidic that everything in many Confederate soldier graves has dissolved...even the buttons on their uniforms, etc. (Nothing remains in many burial areas)
Alabama is too pretty of a state to have an old mule like me buried there.
Mules are okay by us.
Aye, we like the lassies frisky!
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