Remains of one-year-old Egyptian suggest it had scurvy, new evidence for archaeologists | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Remains of one-year-old Egyptian suggest it had scurvy, new evidence for archaeologists

When one thinks of scurvy, you generally think of sailors. That is because the disease was most common in sailors who spent months out at sea during the great age of exploration. However, new research shows that scurvy has afflicted humans for thousands of years.

Archaeologists have found what could be the earliest case of the disease. Scurvy is generally caused by a lack of vitamin C. The archaeologists have found evidence of it in the remains of a one-year-old discovered in Egypt.

Experts believe the child lived in a small village at the edge of the first ancient Egyptian civilization. The village is thought to have emerged between 5,800 and 5,600. The discovery also indicates that the diet of the people living in the village at that time was poor despite living in an area that had rich agricultural resources.

During the time, the people who lived in the area enjoyed rich, fertile farmland. The ancient Egyptians are thought to have been among the first people to practice agriculture on a large scale; the rise of agriculture led to the rise of civilization.

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