Skeleton of starved Stone Age woman reveals she died from tuberculosis
She was just 16 years old when she died, but the skeleton of a young girl living in the Stone Age revealed she lived a tough life. The 4,500-year-old skeleton, named Rosie, was discovered in Germany in 2015.
Researchers from the State Archaeology Office discovered the skeleton in Weimar in the German state of Thuringia in the summer of 2015.
The girl, who they have named 'Rosie', died hungry, with a serious vitamin C deficiency, having found little food to eat that month, probably due to a poor harvest.
Jan Novacek, who led the study, says that a careful analysis of the skeleton's bones allows them to extrapolate the circumstances of the woman's life and how she died.
Novacek said that on the basis of the findings from the woman's bones, the people living in the Ilm river valley suffered from hunger and colds, probably as a result of a bad harvest.
Only the strong survived, and the young woman did not belong to that group.
|The woman was about 5 foot 3 inches tall and also suffered from an infection to her gums. |
Significant discolorations and changes can be seen in the bones of the shoulder blade
and the skull [Credit: CEN/TLDA]
Mr Novacek said: 'Her pelvic bones show a severe trauma, suffered during childbirth.
'This happened at least six months before her death, because the injuries had already healed.'
He added that not yet closed growth gaps and the condition of her teeth indicate that she was between 16 and 18 years old when she died.
The woman was about 5 foot 3 inches (160 centimetres) tall and also suffered from an infection to her gums.
Significant discolorations and changes can be seen in the bones of the shoulder blade and the skull.
Mr Novacek said: 'These are caused by scurvy caused by vitamin C deficiency.'
Concluding his research, Mr Novacek explained that the Stone Age woman died of a lung inflammation, possibly brought on by tuberculosis.
Author: Shivali Best | Source: Daily Mail [January 01, 2017]