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I am invited to upcoming 14th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA 2018, August 19th -24th, 2018 in Daegu, Korea) as Keynote Speaker for the session, “A global perspective on ancient parasites: Current research projects (2)."
Archaeoparasitology is a research to investigate the ancient people’s parasite infection patterns by examining coprolites or organic remains obtained from excavation sites. Even though many invaluable researches have been reported by the pioneers in archaeoparasitology, our understanding of ancient parasitism is still too insufficient and indefinite to completely interpret the data from socio-cultural perspectives in human history. Recently, my laboratory thus collaborated with historians to get more concrete information for much authentic interpretation of our archaeoparasitological outcomes. In this keynote speech, I will present specific contexts about a series of historical approaches to ancient parasitic infection, which must not be obtained by a conventional archaeoparasitological study. Our reports on ancient soil-transmitted helminths, trematode infection, Taeniasis and malaria infection could be re-analyzed by the researches on ancient texts currently available to historians in South Korea. This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2017R1D1A1B03030127).