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Archaeology news: Bone analysis reveals social inequality of medieval Cambridge

Archaeology news: Bone analysis reveals social inequality of medieval Cambridge
ARCHAEOLOGY experts have revealed the social inequality of different classes living in Cambridge a millennia ago, just by analysing hundreds of skeletal remains of the deceased.

X-ray analysis found a staggering 44 percent of working class people had suffered a bone fracture in their lives, while only 32 percent of the upper classes had.” READ MORE: Archaeology volunteers unearth pure coins worth £37,000 in Israel X-ray analysis found a staggering 44 percent of working class people had suffered a bone fracture in their lives While the working class and poorer people may have suffered the consequences of physical labour in general, the research shows that medieval life was pretty brutal for anyone.For example, bones found in a parish graveyard were from "ordinary working" people, while those found in an Augustinian friary were of people of the upper classes.The researchers analysed more than 300 skeletons “We can see that ordinary working folk had a higher risk of injury compared to the friars and their benefactors or the more sheltered hospital inmates.

Archaeologists examining the skeletal remains of more than 300 people who lived between the 10th and 14th century in Cambridge have revealed the social inequality of the time.Archaeology news: Bone analysis reveals social inequality of medieval Cambridge Sign up for FREE for the biggest new releases, reviews and tech hacks SUBSCRIBE We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters.

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