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The skulls of Chief Nonosabasut and his wife Demasduit - Beothuk of Newfoundland

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2009
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Issue number6
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)659-677
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In March 1819 a young woman was abducted by white settlers and her husband was killed. They were among the few remaining members of the Beothulk of Newfoundland. Eight years later their skulls were removed from their burial hut and transferred to the University of Edinburgh, This paper describes these two important skulls and details injuries and pathologies not previously recorded in detail. Chief Nonosabasut displayed evidence of extensive trauma to the region of his chin which is most likely to be evidence of previous, but well-healed, combat injuries. His wife, Demasduit, presented with an intriguing perimortern fracture to the left parietal bone which extended onto the base of the skull. This is discussed in the light of evidence available at the time of her death. Copyright (C) 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.