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[Publication] Our paper for Archaeoparasitology is published in Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology-.

Our paper »Archaeoparasitology« (together with Reinhard, K., Slepchenko, S.) is published in "Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology"

Parasites are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the world today. Parasites are organisms that live in or on other organisms called hosts, obtaining sustenance and shelter from their hosts to carry out reproduction in host tissues and structures. Taxonomic diversity characterizes parasites, and they include a wide range of organisms ranging from single-celled protozoa to arthropods such as fleas. There are two general types of parasites: ectoparasites such as lice and endoparasites such as intestinal worms. The maladies provoked by parasites include malaria, elephantiasis, kala-azar, sleeping sickness, river blindness, dysentery, crabs, and guinea worm disease. These diseases, some commonplace and some exotic, were and are significant threats, especially for peoples whose social complexity did not include effective sanitation, hygiene, an…

[Session Chair and Presentation] The 8th Asia Pacific International Congress of Anatomists (APICA)

I am organizing the physical anthropology session for upcoming The 8th Asia Pacific International Congress of Anatomists (APICA) that will be held in Busan, Korea in October 28-31, 2018.

Session Title: Physical Anthropology


Hisashi Fujita (Niigata College of Nursing, Japan; E-mail:
Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University, South Korea; E mail:
Myeung Ju Kim (Dankook University, South Korea)

Accepted Presentation: 

- Fujita, H. (Niigata College of Nursing, Japan) and Oba A.: Preliminary report on artificial trepanation found in skulls of ancient Egyptians.
- Kim Kyung Yong, Kim Kijeong, Hahn Seungho, Chung Yoonhi, Lee Wonbok. (Chungang university, South Korea): mtDNA haplogroup prediction tool for fragmented DNA samples.
- Hye Jin Lee (Ministry of National Defense Agency KIA Recovery & Identification): Traumatic signs of Rakhigarhi site, India
- Jong Ha Hong (Seoul National University): Parasite aDNA of Korean mummies
- Shiori F…

[Presentation] Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology in 2018

Session Type:Symposium Session Topic: Southeast and South Asian Archaeology Presentation Time: 4/12/201811:00 AM
Abstract for 83rd Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology - Washington, DC April 11–April 15, 2018

Harappan Necropolis of Rakhigarhi, India: Archaeology and Bioanthropology
Yong Jun Kim 1, Nilesh Jadhav 2, Eun Jin Woo 3, Dong Hoon Shin 1 and Vasant Shinde 2
1. Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
2. Dept of Archaeology, Deccan College PGRI, Pune, India
3. Dept of Oral Biology, Yonsei Univ, Seoul, South Korea

The number of Harappan cemeteries so far systematically surveyed is far less than that of contemporary settlements. Necropolis site at Rakhigarhi (India) was reported earlier but in small scale investigation. Our investigation for the last three seasons (2013 to 2016) was thus designed for improving this lacuna. We first classified each burial and analyzed statistically. The Harappan people practiced rather humble burial custom, but few we…

Invited Speech: Fossils and Ancient Genomics Symposium in China

I am invited to "Fossils and Ancient Genomics Symposium" hosted by China National GenBank as an invited speaker-.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, 17 April, 2018, in China National Genebank, Shenzhen, China.

Scientific topics include • New methods for ancient DNA processing • Archaeological discoveries • Ancient genomic analysis on non-human species • Origins, migration and introgression of humans

Workshop: 2018 Annual North American Meeting of Paleopathology Association

45th Annual North American Meeting of Paleopathology Association Austin (Texas), 9-11 April, 2018  Full Scientific Program is available here

Parasitology in Paleopathology: New perspectives using large data bases.

Organized by Dong H. SHIN, Morgana CAMACHO, Johnica MORROW, Karl REINHARD

The goal of this workshop is the demonstration of insights that can be gained from analysis of large data sets.  These data sets, ranging from 100 to 1,000 samples, can provide epidemiological insights into transmission and pathology caused by parasites.  Large data sets also provide insights into zoonotic transmission.  Most importantly, focused studies can also connect parasitological infections with bone pathology. The core presentations are listed below:  

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018

8:30am-11:30am Workshop II. Texas 3

Parasitology in Paleopathology: New perspectives using large data bases.
Hosted by Dong H. SHIN, Morgana CAMACHO, Johnica MORROW, Karl REINHARD

8:30-8:45 Introduction



"Recent Progress in Paleopathology of Asia" Session in 2018 IPPA Congress

We politely ask you to join in our session proposal for upcoming 2018 IPPA congress. We already had our own paleopathology session in previous 2014 IPPA meeting (“Recent Progress in Paleopathology of Asia” session). This session is the update of the studies after then on. Please send your abstract to us if you hope to join in our session.

The Indopacipic Prehistory Association Congress will open on Sunday 23 September and sessions will run on Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September, 2018. The venue is Hue, the famous medieval capital city of Vietnam.

Organizers: Drs. Hisashi Fujita (Niigata College of Nursing, Japan) and Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University, South Korea)

Session Title: Recent Progress in Paleopathology of Asia

Abstract: Recently, paleopathology has been established in Asia as the indispensable research for revealing ancient people’s health and disease status by studies on the tissues remnant in archaeologically obtained biological specimens. B…