A dystocic childbirth in the Spanish Bronze Age

A. Malgosa, A. Alesan, S. Safont, M. Ballbé, M. M. Ayala

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Prehistoric cases of maternal and fetal death during labour are difficult to document. However, this must have been a frequent cause of death among young women who lived in hard circumstances and precarious health conditions. In this paper, a case of a Bronze Age woman who probably died during childbirth due to unavoidable reasons is presented: her baby was lying transversely with the right fetal arm protracted. Death of both mother and child was inevitable. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
JournalInternational Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004


  • Bronze Age
  • Burial
  • Death during childbirth
  • Dystocia
  • Pregnancy


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