RE: Bones Reveal Some Truth in 'Noble Savage Myth

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    That's right, I've seen a similar programme. Apparently its the remains
    from a monastery in Hull (what were they up to?) from the 12th century.
    One of the problems is the difficulty in determining syphillis as the cause
    of death from a skeleton, and the historical record gives no apparent
    indication of syphillis before the return of sailors from the new world. I
    discussed this with a friend of mine who proceeded to investigate this and
    produced a welter of data to suggest that the dominant paradigm remains very
    well supported by the main body of evidence. Could be wrong though.


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    > From: Lawrence DeBivort
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    > Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 14:00 PM
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    > Subject: RE: Bones Reveal Some Truth in 'Noble Savage Myth
    > IIRC, I saw a science program on our PBS-TV that reported it was likely
    > that
    > syphillis was detected in skeletal remains unearthed in some seaport in
    > England before Europeans had contact with North America. The bones were at
    > the site of a building that served seafaring voyagers, and the speculation
    > was made that the disease might have originated elsewhere in Europe.
    > Lawrence

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