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Detecting plague: palaeodemographic characterisation of a catastrophic death assemblage

Gowland, R.; Chamberlain, A.T.

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A.T. Chamberlain



Abstract

The archaeological definition of a plague should be possible from skeletal populations, because the age profile of a population afflicted by a catastrophe will be different to that of a community exposed to a more normal mortality. The authors show how this can be done using a Bayesian statistical analysis.

Citation

Gowland, R., & Chamberlain, A. (2005). Detecting plague: palaeodemographic characterisation of a catastrophic death assemblage. Antiquity, 79(303), 146-157. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003598x00113766

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2005
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jun 17, 2011
Journal Antiquity
Print ISSN 0003-598X
Electronic ISSN 1745-1744
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 79
Issue 303
Pages 146-157
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003598x00113766
Keywords Black Death, Bayesian Statistics, Skeletal ageing.
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9508155&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0003598X00113766

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