We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Brief communication : When Adam delved : an activity-related lesion in three human skeletal populations.

Knusel, C. and Roberts, C. and Boylston, A. (1996) 'Brief communication : When Adam delved : an activity-related lesion in three human skeletal populations.', American journal of physical anthropology., 100 (427-434). pp. 427-434.


A rare, activity-related lesion, the clay-shoveller's fracture, was identified during osteological analysis in three human populations dating from the Roman to the later Medieval period in England, circa fourth to 14th centuries A.D. The prevalence of this fracture in these populations suggests an osteological indicator for several possible manual activities, but also one that may be the result of a long-standing human subsistence adaptation requiring digging in the soil. Since males as opposed to females appear to be preferentially affected, the occurrence of such injuries has the potential to provide an insight into the sexual division of labor in earlier human populations.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Clay-shoveller's fracture, Sexual division of labor, Shovelling, Metalworking, Spinal fracture.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:<427::AID-AJPA9>3.0.CO;2-Q
Record Created:23 Aug 2010 12:35
Last Modified:23 Aug 2010 15:27

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library