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« on: June 09, 2008, 09:16:22 PM »

Ancient laborer burial ground excavated near Rome
ROME - First-century burial grounds near Rome's main airport are yielding a rare look into how ancient longshoremen and other manual workers did backbreaking jobs, archaeologists said Monday.
 
The necropolis near the town of Ponte Galeria came to light last year when customs police noticed a clandestine dig by grave robbers seeking valuable ancient artifacts, Rome's archaeology office said.

Most of the 300 skeletons unearthed were male, and many of them showed signs of years of heavy work: joint and tendon inflammation, compressed vertebrae, hernias and spinal problems, archaeologists said. Sandy sediment helped preserve the remains well... 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080610/ap_on_re_eu/italy_ancient_laborers

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 07:52:46 AM »

Cool. Thanks for posting that.
Reminds me of a dig I was on many years ago: a native ossuary (bone pit) in sandy soil.  The arthritic changes in many of the bones made us all wince.
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