The skeleton of a Roman man from Erculam displays a healed fracture of the right femur with reduced neck angle. (Image Nancy Lovell.)
The skeleton of an elderly man found in a small cemetery south of Naples dates back to the era of the Roman Empire. This man had a badly healed hip fracture that caused him to walk on tiptoe, which did damage to his knee. The hip was well-healed, so the fracture happened many years before the man’s death, but other parts of his skeleton reveal how he was forced to compensate for the changes to his right hip.