Roman bones show life of "disease and hard labour"

The discovery of a Roman grave in Weston-super-Mare, England last year has given experts insight into the life of 2nd-4th century Roman inhabitants of Britain. This particular man, aged between 36 and 45,  lived a life "defined by disease and hard labour."

According to Dr Malin Holst who examined the skeleton, "There were congenital anomalies relating to early foetal development including an additional vertebra, unusually shaped vertebrae, additional ribs and shortened femoral necks. Findings also confirmed the man also suffered from ill health during later adulthood - ailments included gallstones, chronic sinusitis, dental decay and severe abscesses and periodontal disease."