Anat Cell Biol.  2017 Dec;50(4):306-309. 10.5115/acb.2017.50.4.306.

The presence of sharp-edged weapon related cut mark in Joseon skull discovered at the 16th century market district of Old Seoul City ruins in South Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Laboratory of Bioanthropology, Paleopathology and History of Diseases, Department of Anatomy and Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. cuteminjae@gmail.com
  • 2Ministry of National Defense Agency KIA Recovery & Identification, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Hanul Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Suwon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Art History, Myongji University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

A human skull was discovered at the 16th-century drainage channel of market district ruins, one of the busiest streets in the capital of Joseon kingdom. By anthropological examination, we noticed the cut mark at the right occipital part of the cranium. Judging from the wound property, it might have been caused by a strong strike using a sharp-edged weapon. As no periosteal reaction or healing signs were observed at the cut mark, he might have died shortly after the skull wound was made. We speculated that this might have been of a civilian or soldier victim who died in a battle or the decapitated head of prisoner. This is the first report about the discovery of the skull damaged by sharp-edged weapon at the archaeological sites in the capital city of Joseon Kingdom.

Keyword

Skull; Cut mark; Sharp-edged weapon; Joseon kingdom; Old Seoul City; Korea; 16th century

MeSH Terms

Drainage
Head
Humans
Korea*
Military Personnel
Prisoners
Prisons
Seoul*
Skull*
Strikes, Employee
Weapons*
Wounds and Injuries
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