What this skeleton told us: Evidence
An older male of 50 to 60 years and some 172 cm tall. The teeth show tooth decay and plaque as well as gum disease and tooth loss in life. The right 12th rib shows a healed fracture in the middle of the shaft.
Interpretation of the evidence
This older man was of average height for this period and died at a relatively advanced age, indicating that he was well-nourished and in good general health. However, we should remember that humans are very good at adapting to challenging times! In common with many of the people buried at the Bowl Hole, dental hygiene was poor, and the teeth he lost were either due to gum disease or decayed teeth, and decayed teeth can be linked to sugar in his diet.