Example of non-articulated group of teeth from Tomb 401.
Several vertebrae with degenerative pathologies extracted from several tombs.
During the 2013 campaign, The Sanisera Field School excavated a total of 10 tombs from the group called “Necropolis 4″, located at the Roman site of Sanisera. They dated between V-VI centuries AD and contain fifty-four individuals (35.7% under 20 years old, and 64.3% the adult group). They also reflect a balanced representation of men and women.
The recovered remains represent a young population, conditioned by a high infant mortality, high birth rates and low life expectancy. The most common pathological conditions observed in the Sanisera skeletal collection are the dental pathologies (Figure 1: Example of non-articulated group of teeth from Tomb 401), degenerative diseases of the articulations (Figure 2: several vertebrae with degenerative pathologies extracted from several tombs) and other less specific infections.
All these conditions are typical of a rural population associated with a diet based on the most basic subsistence, an agricultural society that was also hunter and mollusks gatherer.