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Tracing 3000 Years of Disease History: In Search of Evidence of Malaria in Bone and Dental Samples From Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, and Central Europe Using Innovative Technologies and an Interdisciplinary Approach

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday 24th April 2017
  • Time: 16:00 - 17:00
  • Venue: The Cyprus Institute – Guy Ourisson Building, Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Dr Michelle Gamble, Austrian Archaeological Institute & Co-Author: Dr. Michaela Binder, Austrian Archaeological Institute

*The seminar and the discussion that follows will be in English, the event is open to the public

This talk is hosted by the Reading and Seminar Group on Archaeological Human Remains and Mortuary Contexts: Recent results and advances in techniques, methods and theory, at the Cyprus Institute.

Abstract 
Although malaria remains a major public health threat throughout large parts of the world, its origins and spread as well as its impact on ancient civilizations remain poorly understood. Human malaria is caused by five or six species of malaria parasites, all belonging to the genus Plasmodium.

This paper will present the current understanding of malaria research in archaeology and the future direction of research, which is currently being undertaken at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in collaboration with the Vienna Medical University. This research ultimately aims to explore the impact of malaria on past populations and the contributions that bioarchaeology can make to the growing field of evolutionary medicine.

Contact: Dr Kirsi O. Lorentz   |   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   |   22 208 669

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