The impact of clubfoot: A holistic, paleopathological case study from Bronze Age Thailand.

Domett, Kate, Colbert, Alana, and Chang, Nigel (2022) The impact of clubfoot: A holistic, paleopathological case study from Bronze Age Thailand. Bioarchaeology International, 6 (4). pp. 274-293.

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A detailed study of a young adult male burial from Bronze Age Thailand has revealed a series of significant pathological lesions, which, when contextualized in time and place, allow for insights not only into the life of this young man but also his community. Burial 671, represented by a near complete, well-preserved skeleton and a range of grave goods, was dated to 900–700 B.C. from the northeastern Thailand site of Ban Non Wat. Using the Bioarchaeology of Care Model, a detailed analysis of the lower limb pathological lesions, including a comprehensive review of relevant paleopathological and clinical literature, was undertaken. It is suggested this young man had congenital, bilateral clubfoot, as well as a recent, partially healed femoral midshaft fracture. These pathologies would have impacted his mobility and daily activities, but his skeleton indicates that he developed methods to adjust. Combining this assessment with an evaluation of his socio-environmental context, it is evident that this man, though he died young, was an integrated member of his community.

Item ID: 76720
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2472-8357
Keywords: clubfoot; Southeast Asia; Bioarchaeology of Care; osteobiography
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2022 University of Florida Press
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2022 23:57
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440103 Biological (physical) anthropology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130702 Understanding Asia’s past @ 100%
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