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Possible diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in a 3000-year-old Pacific Island skeletal assemblage

Foster, Aimee; Kinaston, R.L.; Spriggs, Matthew; Bedford, Stuart; Gray, A.; Buckley, Hallie R.


The Teouma skeletal assemblage represents a group of colonists from the earliest phase of the Vanuatu archipelago's prehistory. Previous examinations of the assemblage identified high levels of hyperostosis, which we investigate further here. Based on a differential diagnosis of conditions known to produce ectopic bone formation, we argue that the pattern of skeletal change is most consistent with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) although we acknowledge that, given the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.01.002


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