Showing posts from June, 2016

Dr. Vasant Shinde, a Vice-Chancellor of Deccan College, Visits My Lab

Prof. Vasant Shinde, Internationally renowned Archaeologist, visited my lab during June 25 to July 4, 2016.

He is presently the Vice-Chancellor of the Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune. He obtained his B.A. in History from the University of Poona, and a Master’s Degree (First Class first) in Archaeology from Deccan College, Deemed University (at that time affiliated to the University of Poona). He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Protohistoric Archaeology on Early Settlements in Central Tapi Basin from the same University. Prof. Shinde has been teaching the Post-Graduate course in Archaeology since 1982. In addition to being a Recognized Post-Graduate teacher and Research guide at Deccan College, Deemed University, University of Poona and Solapur University and EotvosLorand University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, he has been also conducting teaching for the Post-Graduate Diploma course at the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Su…

Our work reported in "Archaeology Magazine" and "Live Science"

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Eight serial photos about facial reconstruction in this case at Live Science:

My study on Silla woman skeleton is reported in Archaeology Magazine.

Reported in Korean Newspaper about My Lab's Research

Bioanthropological studies of my lab and colleagues have been reported in a Korean newspaper, Joong Ang Ilbo. 

Helicobacter pylori from Korean mummies

Helicobacter pylori is gram negative bacterium, infecting about half of the world’s human population. Modern H. pylori strains have been assigned to distinct populations with at least six ancestral origins. Of them, H. pylori infection in Korea is caused by East Asian strains (hp EastAsia).

In addition to the clinical importance of H. pylori, mainly concerning with stomach ulcer or cancer, it is also very suggestive for understanding human population history worldwide that was shaped by migrations and population expansions. By intrafamilial transmission and its long-term association with humans, we can trace complex migrations in human history by observing a phylogeographic distribution pattern of H. pylori.

Although invaluable information very suggestive for understanding human migration history could be obtained by previous studies on H. pylori genome, most of studies were laid focus on the modern people. Only exception to this was ancient microbiome research on the 5300-year-old I…

[New Publication] Bio-Anthropological Studies on Human Skeletons from the 6th Century Tomb of Ancient Silla Kingdom in South Korea

Our new paper, "Bio-Anthropological Studies on Human Skeletons from the 6th Century Tomb of Ancient Silla Kingdom in South Korea" is published in PLOS ONE.

In November and December 2013, unidentified human skeletal remains buried in a mokgwakmyo (a traditional wooden coffin) were unearthed while conducting an archaeological investigation near Gyeongju, which was the capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BCE– 660 CE) of ancient Korea. The human skeletal remains were preserved in relatively intact condition. In an attempt to obtain biological information on the skeleton, physical anthropological, mitochondrial DNA, stable isotope and craniofacial analyses were carried out. The results indicated that the individual was a female from the Silla period, of 155 ± 5 cm height, who died in her late thirties. The maternal lineage belonged to the haplogroup F1b1a, typical for East Asia, and the diet had been more C3- t…