This woman from medieval Iceland lived with a disfiguring facial anomaly

Published May 1, 2019

An article in Forbes reports on research by Sarah Hoffman and colleagues on the remains of a young woman with a disfiguring facial anomaly who was buried in a Medieval church cemetery in Iceland that dated from approximately 1200 to 1563. “Physical disfigurements are often linked to specific negative character traits within the Icelandic Sagas,” they wrote, “but there is no evidence that affected individuals were marginalized by society due to facial abnormalities.” 


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