Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI:

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of a young woman who lived at around 2000 B.C. near what is now Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. She died before her 20th year, after several years of a progressively debilitating condition, possibly poliomyelitis, and was buried in a collective tomb. Of the more than 300 people in the tomb, only Lesley was buried intact. The authors address a range of questions about her apparently unique situation in life as well as in death.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Bioarchaeology; Poliomyelitis; Disability; Paleopathology; Tell Abraq; United Arab Emirates

Chapter.  4252 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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