An execution in medieval Sicily: Computerised tomography scan analysis and 3D reconstruction of an ancient forensic context

Luca Sineo, Roberto Miccichè, Giuseppe Carotenuto, Roberto Maria Micciche'

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Abstract

The bioarchaeological and forensic approach is increasingly applied in the study offunerary contexts in archaeology. Here, we present a case of an atypical medievalburial recently discovered in Piazza Armerina (Sicily), in which the integrated use oftraditional bioarchaeological and forensic anthropology methods was crucial. Theskeleton was lying in a prone position and was characterised by a peculiar injury pattern.We recorded six clear stab wound marks on the posterior surface of the sternum.The use of computerised tomography scan and 3D modelling techniques hasmade it possible to obtain a reliable reconstruction of the cause and modality ofdeath, pointing to the execution of the individual. The importance of this case studyis twofold. First, the injury pattern recorded currently constitutes a unicum in thebioarchaeological record. Second, it represents the first well‐documented case of anatypical burial in Sicily.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)350-355
Numero di pagine6
RivistaInternational Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume29
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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