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Revista del Museo de Antropología

Print version ISSN 1852-060XOn-line version ISSN 1852-4826


MORLESIN, Milena C.. Reflections on the identification and differentiation of porosity lesions from taphonomic effects in archaeological human skeletal remains. Rev. Mus. Antropol. [online]. 2022, vol.15, n.2, pp.71-82. ISSN 1852-060X.

Abstract Over an individual's life, bones undergo changes, which can leave marks on bone tissue and are of interest to bioarchaeological studies. These changes manifest themselves in a series of bone traits that constitute a potential line of evidence to inquire about past populations' lifestyles. However, when analyzing such alterations, it is necessary to consider a wide variety of taphonomic agents and processes that can mimic morphological features produced by pathological conditions and injuries of a non-pathological nature. These are the so-called pseudopathological alterations, and their origin can be due to both natural and anthropogenic factors, past and present. This paper will focus on a particular type of alteration, porosity, to establish specific criteria to recognize the nature of this lesion to contribute to its correct identification and to be able to carry out a differential diagnosis.

Keywords : Pseudopathology; Human skeletal remains; Bone changes; Porosity; Taphonomy.

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