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CRANIAL INJURIES IN THE LATE BRONZE AND EARLY IRON AGE POPULATION OF THE SHNOGH RIVER BASIN, ARMENIA

https://doi.org/10.17746/1563-0110.2017.45.2.149-157

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Excavations at Late Bronze and Early Iron Age cemeteries in the Lori Province of Armenia have yielded 123 human skeletons. In this study, we describe traumatic injuries in crania from the Shnogh River basin, dating to 1300–1000 BC, with a view of reconstructing aspects of social and natural environment. The occurrence of traumas is moderately high (15.6–23.7 %) and varies between groups. Cranial traumatism in males was higher than in contemporaneous populations of the Sevan Basin and the Shirak Plain, but it hardly resulted from warfare. We describe one case of decapitation. Five crania evidence surgical intervention, and three of them show healing.

About the Authors

A. Y. Khudaverdyan
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
Armenia
Senior Researcher.Charentsa 15, Yerevan, 0025


S. G. Hobosyan
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
Armenia

Senior Researcher, Department Head.

Charentsa 15, Yerevan, 0025



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Khudaverdyan A.Y., Hobosyan S.G. CRANIAL INJURIES IN THE LATE BRONZE AND EARLY IRON AGE POPULATION OF THE SHNOGH RIVER BASIN, ARMENIA. Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia. 2017;45(2):149-157. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.17746/1563-0110.2017.45.2.149-157

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