Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Special lecture of Dr. Spigelman

Tomb of Akeldama and the shroud of Jerusalem

by Dr. Mark Spigelman
(Kuvin Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Time: PM 7:30-8:30, May 13 (Thu), 2010
Venue: ANATOMY ROOM #212, Basic Research Building
Seoul National University College of Medicine

The Tomb of the Shroud is a first-century C.E. tomb discovered in Akeldama, Jerusalem, Israel that had been illegally entered and looted. The investigation of this tomb by an interdisciplinary team of researchers began in 2000. More than twenty stone ossuaries for collecting human bones were found, along with textiles from a burial shroud, hair and skeletal remains. The research presented here focuses on genetic analysis of the bioarchaeological remains from the tomb using mitochondrial DNA to examine familial relationships of the individuals within the tomb and molecular screening for the presence of disease. There are three mitochondrial haplotypes shared between a number of the remains analyzed suggesting a possible family tomb. There were two pathogens genetically detected within the collection of osteological samples, these were Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. The Tomb of the Shroud is one of very few examples of a preserved shrouded human burial and the only example of a plaster sealed loculus with remains genetically confirmed to have belonged to a shrouded male individual that suffered from tuberculosis and leprosy dating to the first-century C.E. This is the earliest case of leprosy with a confirmed date in which M. leprae DNA was detected.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Archaeology Magazine Again

Our work on parasite eggs in ancient palace moat previously got a write-up in Archaeology Magazine. Once again, the magazine writes about the case in which we were involved: love letter found in medieval tomb of Korea.

Anyway, the case was previously published in academic journal "Antiquity" in 2009; and National Geographic Magazine reported briefly about it  in 2007. But it was not still well-known to ordinary readers around the world because full description of the case in English could not be available for them. In this regard, the current article by Ms. Kim H-E, the reporter of Joonang Daily, seems to be very meaningful because she went into details of the the love-letter story, for the first time after it became famous among Korean people. 

You can see the paleo-pathological works performed by us in her article as well!!!!