Healed cranial weapon injury from medieval Coventry, England

Trevor Anderson, Ian Hodgins, Edward R. Laws, James T. Goodrich, Iver A. Langmoen, T. Philip D. Blackburn, Christopher B.T. Adams

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Archaeological excavation recovered medieval human skeletal remains from Coventry Cathedral. A disarticulated skull from the desecrated Copston Chapel displayed major cranial weapon injury. Osteological examination indicates that the injuries, although extensive, were not fatal. The cause and chronicity of the lesions are discussed. The rarity of medieval British healed cranial weapon injuries has prompted this report. Documentary sources for medieval cranial surgery are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)870-873
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Medieval coventry
  • Medieval cranial weapon injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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