A Revised Sex Assessment of the Epigravettian Human Remain ST1 from San Teodoro Cave (Messina, Sicily)

Luca Sineo, Andrea Dario Messina, Roberto Maria Micciche'

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Abstract

Bias in skeletal sexing is well known and depends upon the completeness of the skeletal remains. The problem is very hard concerning prehistorical remains.We applied ‘Visual methods’ and ‘Probabilistic Sex Diagnosis’ (DSP) on the coxal bones on the Epigravettianskeleton (ST1) from San Teodoro (Messina, Sicily).On the basis of cranial characters and the overall robustness of the postcranial skeleton, it was suggested,since the time of the discovery, a male sex for ST1. This determination was later modified on the basis of the pelvic girdle morphology, and the skeleton was attributed the female sex for many years by large consensus.Our results indicate without ambiguity that ST1 is a male and show the importance of applying updatemethods of sex determination to ancient remains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalARCHIVIO PER L'ANTROPOLOGIA E LA ETNOLOGIA
VolumeCXLIII
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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