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Detecting plague : palaeodemographic characterisation of a catastrophic death assemblage.

Gowland, R. and Chamberlain, A. T. (2005) 'Detecting plague : palaeodemographic characterisation of a catastrophic death assemblage.', Antiquity., 79 (303). pp. 146-157.


The archaeological definition of a plague should be possible from skeletal populations, because the age profile of a population afflicted by a catastrophe will be different to that of a community exposed to a more normal mortality. The authors show how this can be done using a Bayesian statistical analysis.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Black Death, Bayesian Statistics, Skeletal ageing.
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