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Sex and the elderly: Attitudes to long-lived women and men in early Anglo-Saxon England

Cave, Christine; Oxenham, Marc


Currently, in the industrialised world, women have a higher life expectancy than men, a pattern often seen in the past as well. However, in Britain, from the Neolithic to medieval period, it has been suggested that men outlived women. One issue with such statistics is that age estimation techniques are often biased, underestimating the age of older individuals, while the oldest individuals in a sample often disappear into catch-all categories such as 50+ years. Here we employ an approach that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2017.08.003


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