Ancient Egypt: Study indicates even the governing class was malnourished
The story has the arresting title:
[QUOTE][B][SIZE=3]Governors of Ancient Egypt suffered from malnutrition dying before they were 30 years old[/SIZE][/B][/QUOTE]
I guess that's more than is warranted, since we're actually talking about a very long period. But this is what they're concluding for the bodies from [I]this[/I] site in any event.
[QUOTE]Prof. Botella explains, "although the cultural level of the age was extraordinary, the anthropological analysis of the human remains reveals the population in general and the governors – [B]the highest social class – lived in conditions in which their health was very precarious, on the edge of survival[/B]".[/quote]
However, one should add that they study's authors are not putting it down to anything beloved of the Paleo movement, but to dirty water:
[quote]According to the UGR anthropologists, life expectancy barely reached 30, "since they suffered from many problems of malnutrition and severe gastrointestinal disorders, due to drinking the polluted waters of the Nile".[/QUOTE]
[url=http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uog-goa030613.php]Governors of Ancient Egypt suffered from malnutrition dying before they were 30 years old[/url]