The skulls of Chief Nonosabasut and his wife Demasduit - Beothuk of Newfoundland

Black, S. M. and Marshall, I. C. L. and Kitchener, A. C. (2009) The skulls of Chief Nonosabasut and his wife Demasduit - Beothuk of Newfoundland. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 19 (6). pp. 659-677. ISSN 1047-482X

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Abstract

In March 1819 a young woman was abducted by white settlers and her husband was killed. They were among the few remaining members of the Beothulk of Newfoundland. Eight years later their skulls were removed from their burial hut and transferred to the University of Edinburgh, This paper describes these two important skulls and details injuries and pathologies not previously recorded in detail. Chief Nonosabasut displayed evidence of extensive trauma to the region of his chin which is most likely to be evidence of previous, but well-healed, combat injuries. His wife, Demasduit, presented with an intriguing perimortern fracture to the left parietal bone which extended onto the base of the skull. This is discussed in the light of evidence available at the time of her death. Copyright (C) 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3314
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 132700
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2019 15:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 05:11
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/132700

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