This forensic archaeo-anthropological study focuses on a skeletonized individual unearthed from a well during preventive archaeological excavations at the Place du Jeu de Paume site in Beauvais. The primary aim of this study was to determine the causes of death by biomedically examining the femoral fractures observed. Results of computed tomography scans and scanning electron microscopy performed not only emphasized the limits of these techniques in understanding the fracture mechanisms but also, and especially, highlighted the importance of taphonomic context on the persistence of peri-mortem bone characteristics. This osteoarchaeological case illustrates the difficulties in diagnosing trauma on ancient bones and explores the specific mechanisms that cause lesions in an ancient mixed organic/inorganic matrix, which is particularly useful for biological anthropology studies.
|Translated title of the contribution||Ante-, peri-, or postmortem? Trauma profiles of humid contexts: the case of pit deposition (2nd–3rd c. AD) Beauvais (Oise)|
|Journal||Societe d'Anthropologie de Paris. Bulletins & Memoires|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|