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The excavations at St Peter's church, Barton-upon-Humber, between 1978 and 1984 have yielded the largest collection of human remains in the UK, dating from the late tenth century to the mid-nineteenth. The twin aims of the project were to understand the architectural history and setting of this complex, multi-period building (Volume 1), and to recover a substantial sample of the population for palaeopathological study (Volume 2). An extensive programme of historical and topographical research also took place in ...
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The excavations at St Peter's church, Barton-upon-Humber, between 1978 and 1984 have yielded the largest collection of human remains in the UK, dating from the late tenth century to the mid-nineteenth. The twin aims of the project were to understand the architectural history and setting of this complex, multi-period building (Volume 1), and to recover a substantial sample of the population for palaeopathological study (Volume 2). An extensive programme of historical and topographical research also took place in order to set the archaeological evidence firmly in context. The parish registers, which extend back to the mid-sixteenth century, were transcribed, and these provide an important demographic overview of the population. The cemetery evidence revealed that the population is entirely secular, representing a cross-section of all levels of society living in the town and its hinterland. In total, 2,750 inhumations were examined, but there were also thousands of disarticulated bones - approximately three tons in weight - which could only be given the briefest examination. Those who were buried at St Peter's were subject not only to the normal visitations of disease and trauma but suffered an outbreak of the plague in 1593, when about a fifth of the population was lost. Taking the long view over the entire period, however, it is striking how many of the marks of health and vigour, popularly supposed to have changed substantially between the middle ages and the Victorian era, have remained relatively constant. Together, the two volumes provide fascinating insights into that mainstay of settlement - the small English market town.
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Editorial Reviews

British Archaeology, 2007 - Louise Loe
This is an important book that provides a solid foundation for more valuable research on the collection in years to come.'
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2009 - Janet M. Cope
This volume is a must have for any student of paleopathology or the bioarchaeologists or osteoarchaeologist who has come of age during the analysis of this amazing collection from Barton-upon-Humber.'
Journal of Stained Glass, Volume XXXVII - John E. Vigar
these remarkable volumes can be recommended as a readable, well-planned and comprehensive study of one of this country's best-known churches.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842172834
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Figures     vii
Tables     ix
Preface   Warwick Rodwell     xi
Juliet Margaret Rogers, 1940-2001: An Appreciation     xiii
Acknowledgements     xv
List of Publications     xv
Summary     xvi
Resume     xvii
Zusammenfassung     xviii
St Peter's Church: Its Setting and Community   Warwick Rodwell
Setting and topography of Barton-upon-Humber     1
History     4
The churches of Barton     10
The archaeology of St Peter's church     12
Burial Archaeology   Warwick Rodwell
A brief history of burial at Barton     15
Excavated evidence from St Peter's     17
Cemetery chronology     29
The Assemblage
Number of inhumations     33
Condition of the material     34
Ageing and sexing     34
Stillbirth and infant mortality rates     36
Age at death of infants and juveniles     37
The named sample     38
An autopsy     38
Expectation of life at Barton     38
Physical Characteristics of the Assemblage
Final achieved height     41
The effects of age     42
Relationship between height and longevity     43
The growth of children     44
Metric indices     46
Weight in young adulthood     47
Laterality of measurements and sexual dimorphism     47
Non-Metric Characteristics
Cranial non-metrics     49
Post-cranial non-metrics     50
Palaeopathology I: Introduction and Osteoarthritis
Introduction     53
Causes of death     53
Osteoarthritis     53
Osteoarthritis at Barton     56
Prevalence of osteoarthritis     62
Rotator cuff disease     62
Palaeopathology II: Other Joint Diseases
Erosive osteoarthritis     66
Rheumatoid arthritis     66
Ankylosing spondylitis     68
Psoriatic arthropathy     68
Reactive arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)     70
Uncategorized erosive arthropathy     71
Bunions     72
Palaeopathology III: Infectious Diseases
Osteomyelitis     73
Septic arthritis     74
Discitis     75
Tuberculosis     76
Poliomyelitis     77
Chronic sinusitis     78
Periostitis      79
Periosteal new bone on the ribs     79
Periosteal new bone at other sites     80
Periosteal new bone as a stress marker     80
Mean age at death     81
Long bone length     81
Palaeopathology IV: Trauma
Fractures     83
Head wounds     87
Post-cranial injury     88
Dislocations     89
Soft tissue injuries     90
Osteochondritis dissecans     91
Slipped-capital femoral epiphysis     92
Spondylolysis     92
Schmorl's nodes     94
Palaeopathology V: Metabolic Diseases
Osteoporosis     95
Rickets     97
Osteomalacia     97
Paget's disease     97
Palaeopathology VI: DISH and Bone-forming
DISH     101
Bone-forming     102
Hyperostosis frontalis interna     103
Palaeopathology VII: Tumours
Benign tumours     105
Malignant tumours     107
Prevalence of neoplasms     109
A study of pituitary volume     109
Palaeopathology VIII: Other Diseases and Conditions
Fibrous dysplasia     111
Skeletal dysplasia     111
Developmental dysplasia of the hips     112
Idiopathic scoliosis     112
Spina bifida occulta     113
Transitional vertebrae     114
Six lumbar vertebrae     114
Relationship between bifid sacrum, transitional vertebrae, six lumbar vertebrae and spondylolysis     114
Other skeletal abnormalities     114
Palaeopathology IX: Dental Diseases
Number of teeth present     117
Ante mortem tooth loss     117
Dental caries     118
Dental abscess     118
Relationship between different dental diseases     119
The prevalence of dental disease     119
Periodontal disease     119
Dental calculus     119
Enamel hypoplasia     120
The Parish Records
The plague in Barton in 1593     122
Comparison with skeletal data     126
In Conclusion
Publications Incorporating Information Derived from Barton     131
Excavated Burials     133
Notes     173
Abbreviations and Bibliography     179
Index     191
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