a1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital of Umea
a2 Institute of Archaeology, Lund
a3 Department of Economics, University of Stockholm
a4 Tuberculosis Clinic of Stockholm
In a medieval population of Stockholm only three cases of maternal deaths were proved out of 330 burials of adult females, and only in one of the cases was a contracted pelvis found. However, life table analysis indicates a shorter life expectancy of females in the reproductive ages. This suggests a higher maternal mortality in the Middle Ages than in the 18th and 19th centuries in Sweden.
(Received February 19 1986)