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Title:The skeletal biology of human remains from Daboya, Northern Ghana
Authors:Stuart-Macadam, P.L.
Kense, Francois J.ISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:prehistoric graves
Abstract:Excavations at Daboya, Ghana, have produced human remains from an area where previous information on skeletal biology has been minimal. The site, on the west bank of the White Volta River, is the result of a continuous period of occupation from late Neolithic times some 2,000 years ago up to the present. Of the seven skeletons recovered from the 1979 field season, two date from a period of Gonja influence beginning in 1500 AD and the remaining five fall into a time spanning 400 BC to 1000 AD. The skeletal material provided information on burial type and orientation, metric and nonmetric data, and pathology. Analysis of dentition indicates a diet with a fairly abrasive content and the possiblility that pipe smoking may have been practised. The most prevalent pathology is degenerative arthritis of the vertebral column, particulary in the neck region. A single example of Stafne's idiopathic bone defect was found; this is an anomaly of unknown aetiology. Bibliogr, photos on p. 131-133.