In studying fractures in archaeology, we should focus on what they can tell us about human-animal relationships. It is important to show other (zoo-) archaeologists that palaeopathology can be a valuable tool in answering (zoo-) archaeological questions. In this paper, a short summary of fracture types, healing, and complications is given and the problems and possibilities of studying fractures in palaeopathology are discussed. Nineteen fractures from a Romanperiod site in The Netherlands are then presented. Fracture prevalence rates for this site are discussed and compared with currently published data. Possible explanations for the high fracture rate in dogs are discussed, including maltreatment by humans and work-related injuries.
Mason N McLary
|Publisher||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam|
|ISBN/ISSN||978 1 4073 0331 4|
|Location of Publication||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Conference Title||Second ICAZ Animal Palaeopathology Working Group Conference|