A late roman-period case of hallux valgus from ashqelon, israel

Yossi Nagar*, Sarah Borgel, Tali Erickson-Gini

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A rare case of bilateral hallux valgus in an adult individual, identified as a female aged 50+ years, was identified in a Late Roman Period (4th century CE) context near Tel Ashqelon. The body, buried in a lead coffin, was covered with gold threads and had high-quality glass vessels as burial goods, attesting to the high socio-economic status of this individual, who was probably of non-Jewish affiliation. The manifestation of hallux valgus in this individual is described and discussed in the regional context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalBioarchaeology of the Near East
StatePublished - 2020


  • Late antiquity
  • Lead coffin
  • Palaeopathology
  • Physical anthropology


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