Rio di Pusteria e il suo vaso di Pandora. L’ossario della cappella San Floriano: banca dati paleopatologica on-line

The analytical study of a large amount of osteological material makes it possible to offer an innovative and systematic contribution to existing palaeopathology literature. We are presenting a dynamic database; a tool available to everyone, practical and with easy access to research material. Pathological human bones are all documented by detailed coloured photographs at high resolution, descriptions, by some x-rays and microscopic research. Skeletal remains came from the charnel house of the St. Floriano Chapel in Rio di Pusteria (BZ), a village in the northernmost part of Italy. The timespan includes the millennium until the 1600s. The charnel house contains approximately 30 m3 of osteological material, corresponding to 2980 individuals (MNI assessed through the left femur). The palaeodemographic study has revealed a high infant mortality and demographic features of the pre-industrial revolution periods.