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The Global History of PaleopathologyPioneers and Prospects$
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Jane Buikstra and Charlotte Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.001.0001

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Calvin Percival Bamfylde Wells (1908–1978)

Calvin Percival Bamfylde Wells (1908–1978)

(p.141) 18 Calvin Percival Bamfylde Wells (1908–1978)
The Global History of Paleopathology

Charlotte A. Roberts

Keith Manchester

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Calvin Percival Bamfylde Wells. This is followed by a discussion of his contributions to paleopathology. Wells was a key pioneer for the development of paleopathology in the UK. He had more than 130 publications to his name (1955 to 2006). He did not restrict himself only to inhumed human skeletal remains, as he also dealt with a number of pathological nonhuman remains, mummified remains, and cremated human bone, along with artistic representations of illnesses, surgical instruments, and the treatment of disease. Impressive, however, was the number of skeletal reports he completed for archaeologists (approximately fifty), including for the large Romano-British cemetery at Cirencester, Gloucestershire (1982).

Keywords:   paleopathology, history, biography, skeletal remains, mummies, cremated human bones

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