Gli scheletri della fossa comune di viale Sabotino a Milano: le vittime della peste manzoniana?

Caruso , Valentina and Sguazza , Emanuela and Sassi , Francesca and Gibelli , Daniele and Ceresa Mori , Anna and Cattaneo, Cristina (2013) Gli scheletri della fossa comune di viale Sabotino a Milano: le vittime della peste manzoniana? FOLD&R FastiOnLine documents & research (285). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1828-3179

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Demographic and paleopathological studies are an important resource for the analysis of earlier populations, and can furnish useful information for the reconstruction of epidemic events, where emergencies make it impossible to have good information about the more general health of the population. The current study concerns the find of a mass grave in Milan, near the ‘Spanish’ wallls of the seventeenth century, the period during which the plague of 1630 exploded in the city. On the basis of the hypothesis that the individuals found were victims of this epidemic anthropological and paleopatholical analyses were carried out on the skeletal remains. Anthropological analyses have revealed a minimal number of 240 individuals. The population was heterogeneous in sex and age with a high mortality in peripartum, adolescential and people between 36 and 65 years old, as in the demographic structure of ancient society. The paleopathological investigations have shown nutritional deficits, chronic anemia, debilitating congenital diseases, dental pathologies indicative of a low level of oral hygene, arthritis and lesions even in the case of adolescents. A highly important find is the presence of syphilis and tuburculosis, infective diseases with social re-percussions. Anthropological and paleopathological investi-gations have thus given us precious information on the health of the population of Milan during the critical period of the epidemic

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 900 Storia, Geografia e discipline ausiliarie > 930 Storia dei mondo antico fino al 499 ca.
Depositing User: Dott.ssa Helga Di Giuseppe
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 09:35
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 09:35

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