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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

ANALYSIS OF VERTEBRAE PATHOLOGIES OF GRAVE A650 CHRYSSI ISLAND, CRETE, GREECE

Abstract

This study of multiple, co-mingled adult individuals located in grave A650 on Chryssi Island, Crete, Greece, examines the prevalence of several pathologies of the vertebrae. This grave was built into a collapsed Late Minoan period house (1400-1100 B.C.E.). Grave A650, which likely dates to the 5th – 7th century C.E., shows evidence of being used over a long period of time and may have served as an ossuary. The pathologies of approximately 30 recovered vertebrae, both complete and incomplete, show signs of degenerative joint disease, spondylolisthesis, and body expansion. No conclusions regarding this data have been made as of yet. However, researching this data aims to accomplish a comprehensive understanding of what the present pathologies indicate about the physical activity endured by the individuals during their lifetime.

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