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Paleopathology Session of SEAA6

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Paleopathology Session would be held in Sixth Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology (June 6-10, 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Monolia)



Title of Session: New Perspectives of Paleopathology in East Joanna Rogóż
Organizers: Hisshi Fujita, Shin DH and Erdene M

1. Hisashi Fujita (Japan)
Paleohealth of Jomon peoples in Japan from the prevalence of Cribra Orbitalia

2. E. MIJIDDORJ (Mongolia)
Bioarchaeological research of Salkhit site in Northern Mongolia

3. Shiori Fujisawa (Japan) 
Paleopathological study on the skeletal remains of Edo period in Japan

4. Erdene Myagmar (Mongolia)
Dental pathologies in the Bronze Age populations from Mongolia

5. Woo Eun Jin (Korea)
A case of dwarfism from the Joseon Dynasty, South Korea

6. Kim Myeung Ju and Dong Hoon Shin (Korea)
Paleopathological Studies on Korean Human Remains excavated from 17th Century Lime-Soil Mixture Barrier (LSMB) Tomb

7. Lee won-Joon (Korea)
Craniofacial reconstruction from a skull of young female in Neolithic age of Mongolia




Paleopathology Session in IPPA meeting

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Paleopathology Session in IPPA meeting
Our presentation 
Speakers of the session: me, Li, Woo, Fujita, Oxenham (Drs.)
Paleopathology in Asia session was held in Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Meeting, Cambodia (Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2014, Siem Reap). Three paleopathologists (I, Dr. Fujita of Japan, Dr. Oxenham of Austrailia) do the chairperson roles of this session. 5 articles were presented for this session.

Wine is very cheap in Cambodia
The scene like Tomb Raider..
Other mountain temple of Angkor. 
About the sanitary status of Ancient Khmer Empire?
There were vast areas of water reservoirs or wet lands around Angkor area of ancient Khmer Empire. The structures or areas might have a role in flood control or irrigation etc. during the period. They must have been beneficial to ancient Angkor people. But as so often, it could have also done harm to human health of the time. Vast areas of water reservoirs in one-million people living "ancient metropolitan" could have induced v…

Sampling in Rakhigarhi Site Begins

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On Jan to Feb, 2014, new collaboration with Deccan College begins. Jong Ha Hong, the graduate student of my lab will stay in Rakhigarhi site, India on Jan 25 to Feb 14. During the period, he, along with Yongjun Kim, would excavate the tombs of the area; and would collect the samples from the site. We would do anthropological, paleoparasitological and molecular studies on the samples, revealing the invaluable clues for health and disease status of human population of Harappan culture, one of the oldest civilization of mankind. I also would join the excavation during the period; and will join in the 5th International Congress Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA).

Jong Ha Hong, the student of my lab, enjoys chai
Searching for the geological strata 
 Rakhigarhi site...excavation by Hong
Hong excavate the site 
Rakhigarhi site 
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Rakhigarhi site 
 Going home (Courtesy of YJ Kim)
 THE Rakhigarhi site (Courtesy of YJ Kim)
Residence archaeologists stay
Happy meal (Jan 30…

Paleoparasitology of My Lab

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There were many civilizations in a history of mankind. Each civilization eager to survive under different environmental conditions. Especially as for the highly-populated area like big cities of kingdoms and empires, they always stood at the crossroad of survival. They always faced serious problems of public hygiene because many people lived in narrow districts of the cities where modern concept of . To maintain large numbers of people, they tried to develop an effective product machine for sufficient calories and nutrients. Different kinds of disasters e.g. (droughts and floods) always threatened the existence of human beings in the cities. Great civilizations always tried to overcome the challenge of mother nature; and in many cases, it was successful. However, the survival of big cities in pre-modern age was not fulfilled for free. It costs them much expense: increasing risk of parasite infection among city-dwellers in those days.

E2015-6. Myeung Ju Kim, Min Seo, Chang Seok Oh, Jong…

My Abstract Submitted to SOSAA Meeting

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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…

We will join the investigation into Rakhigarhi site (India) on Jan-Feb, 2014

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With the collaboration of Deccan College India, we will join the investigation into Rakhigarhi site of India, one of the greatest sites ever discovered in Harappan Civilization.

Under the auspices of Dr. Vasant Shinde, we will do paleoparasitological, ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis on the samples from the site. We will also collaborate with Dr. Veena Mushrif, the anthropologist in Deccan College.

Where is the Rakhigarhi Site?

What is the Rakhigarhi Site?

Who would be my counterpart in collaboration with India?

Dr. Vasant Shinde

Dr. Veena Mushrif