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Body of 4th Century Romano-German Prince Studied

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A tomb of a possible Romano-German prince from the 4th century was discovered in Matejovce, Poprad, 14 years ago. Recent skeletal analysis showed that he was hepatitis B positive. It is unclear how the study concluded that the hepatitis played any role in his demise, however. (In 2004, an estimated 350 million individuals have been infected with hepatitis B worldwide. National and regional prevalences range from over 10% in Asia to under 0.5% in the United States and Northern Europe. Source: Wikipedia.)



Scientists succeeded in proving that the prince was born near Tatras, grew up in Spiš and lived about 20 years.

“He spent a significant part of his short life in the Mediterranean region,” Pieta said, as quoted by SITA. “We know it thanks to isotope analysis that revealed his eating habits and those are Mediterranean. It is possible that he was part of an imperial Roman court or served in the Roman army as a prominent officer,” he added, as quoted by SITA.


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 ... a gold charm made from the coin of the Roman emperor Valens from 375 was found in the tomb. The furnishings included a table, a stool and bed covered by silver sheets. There were also toiletries, such as silver scissors, tweezers and spoons for ear-cleaning. A board game with glass stones is also unique in Europe.



See also this article:




guy also known as gaius


(I want to thank Lapham's Quarterly for bringing this article to my attention.)



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