A Day with Macedonian Archaeology – Epigenetic characteristics of the medieval population at the site “Crkvishte” v.Morodvis.

In addition to the attempts of forming an anthropological/morphological image for one researched population, the epigenetic characteristics that can be seen on the skeletal material are of a great significance. They are used in anthropological analysis to determine any genetic link between certain individuals (skeletons) because they are genetically conditioned.


In this regard, the epigenetic variations that were present and carefully followed on the skeletal material from the medieval necropolis at the site “Crkvishte” v.Morodvis, brought valuable conclusions for the shaping of the anthropological profile on the population that lived between XII, XIII and XIV century.

From the epigenetic variations of this population, we can see that in most cases we have: intra sutural bones in the lamboid, sagittal, parieto-mastoid and occipito- mastoid suture ; parietal foramen that is missing on the both sides ; metopical suture.

We can see the presence of the very rare : os epiptericum, os incae unipartitum, os apicis multipartitum and os asterion.



From the epigenetic variation of the postcranial skeleton, we found the rare – sternal foramen, suprascapular foramen and a curved sternum (so called chicken breasts).

The great percentage of some specific epigenetic characteristics in this population indicates the possibility of setting up a hypothesis that most of them were in family relations.

By MA Mimica Velova Graorkovska