Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 395, Issue 3, pp 237–243 | Cite as

Lesions characteristic of infection or malignant tumor in Paleo-Eskimo skulls

An anatomical and radiological study of two specimens
  • R. Lagier
  • C. A. Baud
  • G. Arnaud
  • S. Arnaud
  • R. Menk


Study of two Paleo-Eskimo skulls found in a necropolis on St-Lawrence Island (Alaska), including radiography and histological examination, revealed the following features. One of the skulls showed a perforation with remodelled borders, considered to be due to trauma and secondary infection. The other showed areas of osteolysis characteristic of a malignant tumor (probably carcinomatous metastasis rather than myeloma).

These cases illustrate the advantage of using various methods of investigating bone pathology, particularly microradiography, in skeleton paleopathology.

Key words

Paleopathology Eskimos Frontal bone Osteomyelitis Bone carcinomatous metastases Myeloma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Lagier
    • 1
  • C. A. Baud
    • 2
  • G. Arnaud
  • S. Arnaud
    • 3
  • R. Menk
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculté de MédecineDépartement de Pathologie (Unité Ostéoarticulaire)GenèveSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculté de MédecineInstitut de MorphologieGenèveSwitzerland
  3. 3.Laboratoire de conservation, restauration et recherchesCentre de Recherches Archéologiques CNRSDraguignanFrance
  4. 4.Faculté des SciencesDépartement d'AnthropologieGenèveSwitzerland

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