What this skeleton told us: Evidence
An older woman, but a relatively poorly preserved skeleton. Osteoarthritis was present in both hip joints. Tooth root decay was seen on one left lower molar tooth.
Interpretation of the evidence
Her osteoarthritis suggests she was of some age when she died, which likely caused pain and stiffness in her hips. The root decay could have been uncomfortable and painful, and this decay could indicate sugar in her diet.
Bone box, body. Literally “bone cupboard/cave”.