My Abstract Submitted to SOSAA Meeting

Archaeoparasitological Studies in Asia

Dong Hoon Shin

Bioanthropology and Paleopathology Lab, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea

Archaeoparasitology is an interdisciplinary scientific study on archaeologically obtained samples, revealing the sanitary condition of the past by studies on parasite infection pattern of the time. For the past several decades, by conventional biological or molecular techniques, many scientific information useful for revealing health and disease conditions could be elucidated by paleoparasitologists worldwide. In Korea, mummies of Joseon Dynasty have been very significant for concerned researches because of their superb preservation status ideal for paleoparasitological examinations. For the past several years, studies on Korean mummies therefore enabled us to presume parasite infection pattern in Joseon society in a much detail. However, though pioneering studies already showed remarkable archaeoloparasitological findings using the samples around the world, the same studies had not been performed sufficiently yet in Asia. In this presentation, to see the prospect of the same scientific field in Asia, the brief history of archaeoparasitology would be summarized; and the current studies in the area would be discussed more, based upon the cases already reported to concerned academics. By this presentation, we believe that in very near future, archaeoparasitology will also play a crucial role in comprehending the lives of ancient and medieval people by archaeological data.

*This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2013R1A1A2009688)


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