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dc.contributor.authorArmit, Ian*
dc.contributor.authorShapland, Fiona*
dc.contributor.authorMontgomery, Janet*
dc.contributor.authorBeaumont, Julia*
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-27T11:46:14Z
dc.date.available2015-07-27T11:46:14Z
dc.date.issued2015-06
dc.identifier.citationArmit I, Shapland F, Montgomery J and Beaumont J (2015) Difference in Death? A Lost Neolithic Inhumation Cemetery with Britain’s Earliest Case of Rickets, at Balevullin, Western Scotland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 81: 199-214
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/7364
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractRecent radiocarbon dating of a skeleton from Balevullin, Tiree, excavated in the early twentieth century, demonstrates that it dates to the Neolithic period, rather than the Iron Age as originally expected. Osteological examination suggests that the individual was a young adult woman, exhibiting osteological deformities consistent with vitamin D deficiency, most likely deriving from childhood rickets; an exceptionally early identification of the disease in the UK with potentially significant social implications. Isotopic analysis supports the osteological evidence for physiological stress in childhood and further suggests that the woman was most probably local to the islands. Analysis of the surviving written archive reveals that the surviving skeleton was one of several originally recovered from the site, making Balevullin an exceptionally rare example of a British Neolithic inhumation cemetery.
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectBalevullin
dc.subjectTiree
dc.subjectWestern Scotland
dc.subjectHuman skeletal remains
dc.subjectNeolithic
dc.subjectInhumation
dc.subjectCemetery
dc.subjectRickets
dc.subjectAntiquarians
dc.titleDifference in Death? A Lost Neolithic Inhumation Cemetery with Britain’s Earliest Case of Rickets, at Balevullin, Western Scotland
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.date.application2016-06-23
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionPublished version
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2015.7
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refterms.dateFOA2018-07-25T15:09:05Z
dc.openaccess.statusopenAccess


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