The Multi-ethnicity of the 18th-19th Century Santa CruzA Preliminary non-metric trait study on the church burials of La Concepción in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  1. Samuel James Cockerill 1
  2. Matilde Mercedes Arnay de la Rosa 1
  3. Carlos Emilio González Reimers 2
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España


  2. 2 Hospital Universitario de Canarias

    Hospital Universitario de Canarias

    San Cristóbal de La Laguna, España


Canarias Arqueológica: Arqueología-Bioantropología

Ano de publicación: 2021

Número: 22

Páxinas: 287-299

Tipo: Artigo


The 18th- 19th century population of Santa Cruz de Tenerife held a great variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds. The origin of various traits is unknown and the aim of this ongoing study is to find more evidence suggesting the influences of the talus and calcaneus facets and Os Trigonum trait in order for them to be used in forensic identification and osteoarchaeological studies. In total, 264 bones were analyzed in this study (126 tali and 138 calcanei) and chisquare tests were completed to determine sex independence of each trait. The results show that the traits are proportionate amongst males and females. Chisquare tests were not significant with the exception of the Os Trigonum trait that appeared to be highly significant.Therefore, the talus inferior facets and calcaneus inferior facets appear to be possibly affected by genetics but the Os Trigonum appears to be highly affected by act ivity stress.