The “African Queen”

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:
The “African Queen”

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of a woman whose remains (represented only by a cranium, mandible, two cervical vertebrae, and two hand phalanges) were buried in association with a medieval church in Portugal between 1469 and 1648. Cranial and dental morphology and ancient DNA analysis suggest she was of African descent. The authors hypothesize about her personal history and role in Torre de Palma society.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Torre de Palma; Ancient DNA; Dental morphology; Dental modification; Craniometry; FORDISC; Discriminant function analysis

Chapter.  7206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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