2012 KAPO Summer Meeting
Archaeological Sites Tells About Sanitary Condition of the Past
Dong Hoon Shin, Chang Seok Oh, Myeung Ju Kim, Hye-Jung Lee, Min Seo
For the past several years, paleo-parasitological studies have been done on the samples from Korean archaeological sites.
Briefly, the soil sediment samples from Old Seoul City, Ancient Baekje area, Ancient Silla area, and other regions in every corner of Korean peninsula. We found that parasite eggs could be discovered in very restricted area of the archaeological sites. In the surface soils that were examined as negative control, we could found very few parasite eggs, showing the authenticity of the results we have got from the samples. In general, ancient parasite eggs could be found in the highly populated area of the past, such as the capital of ancient or medieval kingdoms. The lowland sites are also ideal place for archaeoparasitological examination because various types of the parasite eggs could be discovered from the samples. We currently do the examinations on the samples in much more detail, which could show the parasite-egg-contamination pattern in ancient or medieval cities of Korean archaeological sites. The information could be helpful for researchers to comprehend the sanitary condition of pre-modern Korean society.
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