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The Medieval Necropolis of Mouweis (Shendi Area, Sudan): Bioarchaeological Insights

Author(s): Yann Ardagna ; Marc Maillot

Year: 2017

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The site of Mouweis is a Nilotic city of the Meroitic period excavated by the Louvre Museum since 2007. This settlement includes a 1st century AD palace, later destroyed and reduced to a hill-shaped ruin. During the medieval period, a cemetery was created in the demolition level of this palace. Radiocarbon dating reveals a funerary occupation between of the 8th to the 14th century. Burials were mainly individual with a uniform typology and follow the same orientation as the structure of the Palace, and excavations highlighted a concentration of seven burials at the centre of the Palace. The particular layout suggests a funerary layout from the center to the periphery, and this (according to social status, age-at-death, sanitary state, sex...) is the basis of our palaeobiological study. The sample represents 21 individuals (17 adults, 4 juveniles). The central group covers a largest number of pathological conditions and one of the most significant results of the palaeobiological analysis is a case of leprosy. Although the presence of this infection in that particular region was known, palaeopathological cases remain particularly scarce in medieval Sudan.


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The Medieval Necropolis of Mouweis (Shendi Area, Sudan): Bioarchaeological Insights. Yann Ardagna, Marc Maillot. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429366)


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Geographic Keywords
AFRICA


Spatial Coverage

min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16927

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America