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Joanna Martin

Variations in the presence and distribution of Osteoarthritis: A case study from East Anglia

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint diseases in both archaeological and modern populations. The aim of this research is to examine the variations in the presence and distribution of this disease in a number of assemblages from East Anglia, spanning three chronological periods (Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval). Using three specific anatomical structures, the hand, hip and knee, which all have multiple articular surfaces, it may be possible to document slight variations in the manifestation of this disease. Information relating to the environment and social history of the region and specific assemblages will then be used in concordance with the osteoarthritis data in order to consider possible causes and associations between the population under study and the manifestation of the disease.

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 Educational background

  • BA, Ancient History, Kings College London 2009
  • MSc, Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology, UCL 2010
  • (Multiple joints of the hand affected by osteoarthritis)
  • Osteoarthritis affecting all three structures of the elbow
  • Eburnation, pitting and marginal osteophytes on the femoral head)

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