Trepanation from Baracs, Hungary - Part 2

The secondary complication of the previously showed trepanation was an inflammation of the wound, which is signed by the bone structure changes at the edges of the opening toward the occipital bone. It can be clearly seen that a cavity was formed in the cranial wall as the result of the inflammation which opens onto the skull surface. The inflammation may have been partly caused by the fact that here, the piece of bone was broken and forced off, not cut. Thus, the child had survived the operation of the wound but later died, perhaps as a result of its complications (infection of the wound). But why this hazardous surgery has to be performed?

Orsolya László

The results of anthropological analysis can be accessed in the Archaeology Database under Archaeometry: