Gowland, R. L. and Chamberlain, A. T. (2002). A Bayesian approach to ageing perinatal skeletal material from archaeological sites:. J Archaeol Sci 29 (6). Vol 29(6), pp. 677-685.

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A Bayesian approach to ageing perinatal skeletal material from archaeological sites:
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implications for the evidence for infanticide in Roman-Britain
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J Archaeol Sci 29 (6)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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29 (6)
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677 - 685
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The skeletal remains of substantial numbers of perinatal human infants have been excavated from within a variety of archaeological contexts dating to the Romano-British period. It has been argued that the distribution of ages at death of these infants, which appears to exhibit a pronounced neonatal peak, provides evidence for infanticide. This study re-evaluates the osteological evidence for infanticide in Roman Britain by first identifying biases in traditional techniques for estimating the age of perinatal skeletons and then using a Bayesian procedure to reassess the ages at deaths of almost 400 infants from a number of Roman sites throughout England. We conclude that the apparent peak in neonatal mortality shown by earlier investigations is an artefact of regression-based age estimation. The distribution of ages at death in Romano-British infants is similar to a natural mortality profile.
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Rebecca L Gowland
Andrew T Chamberlain
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2002
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Roman (MIDAS)
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Late Iron Age (BIAB)
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13 Jan 2003