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New Publication: Parasitism, cesspits and sanitation in East Asian countries prior to modernization

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Our paper (Seo M and Shin DH) "Parasitism, cesspits and sanitation in East Asian countries prior to modernization" is published in a book titled "Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populations" (Edited by Piers D. Mitchell, University of Cambridge, UK).

As a research tool for tracing sanitary practices and conditions in the past, archaeoparasitological study has a long history. Even though the studies have explored common questions on the biogeography and endemicity of parasite infections that have a relevance to public health,  each continent and country has developed independent academic traditions. Among these, we have summarized the history of archaeoparasitological studies on sanitation and parasitism in East Asian contexts. Even if archaeoparasitology in East Asian countries remains in its relative infancy, the findings so far represent a great start in efforts to answer questions as to how the pre-modern peoples in the region derived commun…

Oral Presentation: Annual Meeting for Korean Association of Anatomists

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64th Annual Meeting: Korean Association of Anatomists:
2014/10/17

Stable isotope analysis of Joseon people skeletons from the cemeteries of old Seoul city, the capital of Joseon dynasty
JEONG-A YU1, CHANG SEOK OH1, JONG HA HONG1, SO RI MIN2, SEUNG WHAN OH3, YI-SUK KIM 2, DONG HOON SHIN1

유정아, 오창석, 홍종하, 민소리, 오승환, 김이석, 신동훈

1 Department of Anatomy, Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea
2 Department of Anatomy, Ehwa Womans University School of Medicine, South Korea
3 Hangang Institute of Cultural Heritage, 26 Gingorang-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-904, South Korea

Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis reflect the diets of different human populations in history. In this study, we performed stable isotope analysis on the human skeletons from Joseon period cemeteries discovered around Old Seoul City. Our data clearly showed that Joseon peoples consumed more C3-based foods as main staple than C4-based foods; and they should have ingested proteins mainly of terrestrial origin t…

Poster Presentation at Indian Archaeological Society, Pune, INDIA

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We will present our study "Ancient DNA Analysis of Animal Bones: Studies on Cases from Indian and Korean Archaeological Sites" at the Annual Conference of Indian Archaeological Society.


Deccan College (India) and Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University (South Korea) plan to make collaboration on bioarchaeological researches in both countries. In such an effort, researchers in both institute tried to study on the biological samples from Rakhigarhi site, one of the largest metropolitan cites of ancient Harappan civilization. Using the animal bones collected from the site, an attempt was made to extract ancient DNA by a modified phenol- chloroform method. For analysis of aDNA from the cattle bones of Rakhigarhi site, we tried to develop a multiplex amplification system of Bos taurus mtDNA genome from much recent Joseon period cattle bone samples. Our study would be done using next generation sequencing technique; and bioinformatics analysis will be performed on…

Photos of Korean Mummies Displayed in MÚMIA VILÁG, Hungarian Natural History Museum

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The information on Korean mummies has been displayed in Mummy Exhibition by Hungarian Natural History Museum.