Ancient Egyptian Diseases: Oldest Case of Scurvy?

By Robin Ngo ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DISEASES: A nearly 6,000-year-old infant skeleton uncovered at the ancient settlement of Nag el-Qarmila in Egypt may provide the earliest attested evidence of scurvy. Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Aswan-Kom Ombo Archaeological Project.Despite its notoriety as a historical disease commonly associated with sailors, scurvy—a nutritional deficiency disease caused by …read more