The Contribute of the Trauma Analysis to Reconstruct the Lifestyle of Castel Malnome Community (Rome, I-II Cent. A.C.)

Paola Catalano, Carla Caldarini, Romina Mosticone, Federica Zavaroni


The relations between fractures and living conditions of a population are important to reconstruct the biological status of a population. This work is focused on the description and interpretation of trauma in the skeletal remains: the sample consist of 218 individuals, coming from Roman imperial necropolis of castel Malnome (i-ii century AD).

The trauma incidence has been considered by the calculation of frequencies per individual and per bone. the examination of the pattern of fractures in the skeleton for this site indicates that the individuals are characterized by high level of trauma and reveals that ulna and ribs were the most frequently affected bones.

The evidence of trauma in this population may reflect many factors about the lifestyle of individuals, for example their occupation and environmental conditions, moreover the state of healing of the injuries may also indicate the availability of treatments. 

Key words: Roman Imperial Age - Fractures - Population - Life Conditions

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