Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Open Osteological Data - Two Imperial Roman Cemetery Populations

Roman Osteology Database - Two Cemeteries from Imperial Rome 
This database represents collection of osteological and biochemical information from two Imperial-era skeletal collections (Casal Bertone and Castellaccio Europarco) from Rome. Data collection was accomplished between 2007-2009.
In the database, you will find basic demographic information (age and sex), an inventory of each skeleton, measurements, skeletal pathology data, records of teeth examined and their pathological conditions, and results of all biochemical analyses undertaken to date (C, N, O, Sr, Pb isotopes; Pb and Sr concentration). No information on the archaeological context of the skeletons (e.g., provenience, grave goods, etc.) is included in this database, as that information is the purview of the Archaeological Superintendency of Rome.
I'm suggesting a CC BY-NC-SA license for these data -- that is, feel free to use the data as you see fit for your academic publications; I just ask that you credit me appropriately. For a synthesis of data from different sites, citation is fine. If you're interested in analyzing unpublished data, like dental pathology, I would appreciate co-authorship.
To find my own analyses and interpretations, or to get additional context, please see the relevant publications at the link below. If you don't have access to them, I will gladly send you a copy of anything published or under review.
I have photographs of skeletons and pathologies that you can request if needed.
Don't hesitate to contact me for more information, to ask about resarch that's been done with these collections, or to suggest a paper that we could collaborate on.
And see the author's announcement on her blog Powered by Osteons.

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