Dong Hoon Shin

Excavation in Rakhigarhi, India


Bioanthropology and Paleopathology Lab
Department of Anatomy/Institute of Forensic Science
Seoul National University College of Medicine
28 Yongon Dong, Chongno Gu, Seoul 110-799, Korea
Telephone: 82-2-740-8203; E-mai:

Over the past years, I have attempted to build a collection consisting of human and animal specimens obtained from ancient archaeological sites. A series of our investigations on them have revealed important scientific information concerning the lives of pre-modern people. Actually, various biomedical researches were undertaken on the samples to reveal the specific diseases prevailing in a pre-modern Korean population. Such diseases include dental caries, tumor, congenital disorders, Rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic injuries, periostitis, degenerative disease, atherosclerosis, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and various helminthic infections. By the biomedical data that could not be easily obtained from the contemporary materials, a comprehensive view about a vivid glimpse of the pre-modern Korean people’s lives can be successfully acquired. My research focus has been laid upon the health and disease status of premodern people in human history using the techniques of medicine, archaeology, anthropology and history.

My Expertise: Paleobiology; Paleopathology; Anatomical pathology; Mummy studies; Forensic studies on Archaeological Materials; Molecular and computational phylogenetics; Bacterial, viral and parasitological diseases of ancient times; Genetics; Human anatomy; Histology; Immunohistochemistry; Neuroanatomy; Biology and life sciences; Physical anthropology; Anthropometry; Historical archaeology; and Archaeological science.

With my counterpart-friend in India: Dr. Shinde of Deccan College

Kavli Frontiers of Science Lecture 

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