Traces of goitre in some archaeological finds

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Gaspare Baggieri
Luigi Galieti
Giorgio Di Matteo


Key words: archaeology, goitre, thyroid.


The authors provide an original interpretation regarding two finds from archaeological excavations in health-sanctuary areas of Lazio (Latium). They believe that the presence of goitre may be detected by reading two female terracotta ex voto suscepto sculptures dating back, respectively, to the fifth-third and second centuries BCE. The two sites are located in the Lazio region but they are distant from each other though historically known for the presence of endemic goitre.

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