Preliminary investigations of the Chelechol ra Orrak Cemetery, Republic of Palau : I, skeletal biology and paleopathology

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The Pacific Islands were the last major geographic region settled by humans. The physical remains of these settlers, who probably arrived within the last 4500 years, are rare. At the Chelechol ra Orrak site in the Palau archipelago of Micronesia, the discovery of a cemetery dating to near 3000 BP presents an opportunity to examine what portends to be a large sample of the earliest peoples to inhabit the western Pacific. This report is intended as an introduction to the human skeletal remains recovered to date and a preliminary analysis of the skeletal biology and paleopathology. Although quite fragmentary, analysis reveals a mortuary sample that includes neonates through aged adults and a pathology profile with examples of degenerative joint disease, porotic hyperostosis, and spondylolysis. Though in the early stages of investigation, the cemetery at Chelechol ra Orrak has great potential to aid our understanding of the biological relationships and health of the early inhabitants of Palau.<br>

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  • Anthropological science : journal of the Anthropological Society of Nippon  

    Anthropological science : journal of the Anthropological Society of Nippon 114(1), 1-12, 2006-04-01 

    The Anthropological Society of Nippon

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  • NII論文ID(NAID)
    10018120354
  • NII書誌ID(NCID)
    AA10915022
  • 本文言語コード
    ENG
  • 資料種別
    ART
  • ISSN
    09187960
  • NDL 記事登録ID
    7883897
  • NDL 雑誌分類
    ZS1(科学技術--人類学)
  • NDL 請求記号
    Z54-J370
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    CJP書誌  NDL  J-STAGE 
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