Visiting: Dr. Manjil Hazarika (Cotton College)

Dr. Manjil Hazarika, the professor of Cotton College, Guwahati, visited us for Dec 3 to 13, 2017, as the invitee of prominent foreign scholar program by Seoul National University, South Korea.

He got his PhD degree from Universität Bern, Switzerland, and currently working as Assistant Professor and Head (i/c), in Department of Archaeology, Cotton University, Guwahati, Assam, INDIA (Since November, 2015).

Please see below his great publication in Oxford University Press, about Northeast India-.

Abstract to Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology in 2018

Final Schedule:

Session Type:Symposium
Session Topic: Southeast and South Asian Archaeology
Presentation Time: 4/12/201811:00 AM

Abstract sent to 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…

Symposium held in 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association

I am joining in organization and moderation (with Dr. Raffaella Bianucci, University of Warwick) of the 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) that will be held in Zagreb from 28th August to 1st September 2018.

Please see below the details.

Symposium 2. The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases:
 a gateway between past and present

Symposium organizers and moderators: Drs Raffaella Bianucci (University of Warwick) and Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University)

Long before the aetiological agents of several infectious pathogens were discovered in the 19th century, humans were aware that climatic factors affect epidemic diseases. Infectious agents- viruses, bacteria, protozoa and multicellular parasites- vary greatly in size, type and mode of transmission, their life cycles being climate-adapted. Therefore, changes in climatic conditions (i.e. temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise) and climate variability may affec…

Publications in 2017

Publication of My Lab in 2017-. Thank you for your help, my dear colleagues-.

E2017-1. Seo M, Oh CS, Hong JH, Chai J-Y, Cha SC, Bang Y, Cha IG, Wi YG, Park JM and Shin DH. Estimation of Parasite Infection Prevalence of Joseon People by Paleoparasitological Data Updates from the Coprolites of Pre-modern Korean Mummies. Anthropological Science Vol. 125 (2017) No. 1 p. 9-14.

E2017-2. Fujita H and Shin DH. Preface to the Special Issue on Paleopathology. Anthropological Science Vol. 125 (2017) No. 1 p. 1-2

E2017-3. Yi Suk Kim, Myeung Ju Kim, Jong Ha Hong, Chang Seok Oh, Raffaella Bianucci, and Dong Hoon Shin. The Scientific and Ethical Background of the Invasive Studies on the Korean Mummies of the Joseon Dynasty. 2017. Asian Journal of Paleopathology. Vol. 1, pp. 5-11.

E2017-4. Ji Hyun Lee, Hong Xuan Jin, Sohee Cho, Han Na Kim, Hee Jin Seo, Kyoung-Jin Shin, Dong Hoon Shin, Soong Deok Lee, Y chromosomal deletion pattern in Koreans inhabiting Jeju Island. Anthropologischer Anzeiger.74/3 (2…

Special Lecture: Medical Grand Round: Asan Medical Center.

I am honored to have a chance to give a special lecture for Medical Grand Round, Depaterment of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center.

The lecture topic was "The History of Diseases in Dialogue Between History, Archaelogy and Medicine".

"Paleopathology in Asia" Session in 2018 IPPA Congress

2nd Call for Abstracts

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 (“Paleopathology in 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.…

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Current Trends in Studies of Ancient Diseases

Paleopathology has been an important part of anatomists’ researches, mainly focusing on the diseases affecting the human populations in history. By scientific studies carried out on the ancient samples, it can improve our understanding of the health and disease status of our ancestors. Nevertheless, it is also true that more academic experiences still have to accumulate for the accurate interpretation of bioanthropological results. More cases about ancient diseases must be reported from the skeletons or mummies discovered worldwide. Newly emerging techniques should be applied more actively to the related bioanthropological cases. And a review of the ethical aspects is also needed for successful research. It is thus the purpose of this special issue to consider the latest accomplishments of paleopathological and bioanthropological studies and its related novel techniques. As the accurate interpretation of the biomedical signs which remained on ancient specimens requires the reference …

Writing Book Chapter for "Ancient Ink: The archaeology of tattooing"

I m joining in writing the chapter "THE MUMMIFICATION PROCESS AMONG THE ‘FIRE MUMMIES’ OF KABAYAN: A PALEOHISTOLOGICAL NOTE" for "ANCIENT INK: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF TATTOOING (University of Washington Press), along with Drs. Dario Piombino-Mascali, Ronald G. Beckett and Orlando V. Abinion.

Ancient Egyptian Mummy of the first intermediate period

I joined in the international collaboration on the Ancient Egyptian Mummies (Please see below).

The news was reported by "Seeker"
as "Skin Proteins Reveal How Mummies Died"

Published as peer reviewed paper ("Identification of proteins from 4200-year-old skin and muscle tissue biopsies from ancient Egyptian mummies of the first intermediate period shows evidence of acute inflammation and severe immune response") in

Abstract: We performed proteomics analysis on four skin and one muscle tissue samples taken from three ancient Egyptian mummies of the first intermediate period, approximately 4200 years old. The mummies were first dated by radiocarbon dating of the accompany-\break ing textiles, and morphologically examined by scanning electron microscopy of additional skin samples. Proteins were extracted, separated on SDS–PAGE (sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrop…

2017 Korea-Japan Paleopathology Forum, Tokyo, Japan

Korean Association of Paleopathology and Osteoarchaeology (S Korea) and Japanese Association of Paleopathology will hold the Korea-Japan Paleopathology Forum on October, 2017.

Date: 2017/10/21
Venue: Tokyo (University of Tokyo)

>> Podium Presentations:

1. Eun Jin Woo, Hyunwoo Jung, Sunyoung Pak (Yonsei University College of Dentstry): Paleopathological study of a probablecase of treponematosis in a Joseon dynasty population.

2. Hiroshi Iijima, Shinji Harihara, Hitoshi Sumi, Kageyasu Takanashi, Yumi Ueda, Hata Junpei, Yohei Ishizawa, Lim Chun Ren, Ryo Matoba: DNA extaraction from ancient cremated bones using non-powdering sample pre-treatment method.

3. Jong Ha Hong, Chang Seok Oh, Min Seo, Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University): DNA Sequences of 18s rRNA and ITS2 genes obtained from ancient Trichuris trichiura eggs remained in Joseon Dynasty mummy coprolites.

4. Manabu Uetsuki: Horses in medieval Japan: paleopathological evidence of various usage.

5. Chang Seok Oh, Jong Ha Hong, Hye…

Presentations: Annual Meeting of Korean Anatomists

67th Annual Meeting for Korean Anatomists:

Two research outcomes are presented in Annual meeting of Korean anatomists-.
Oct 18-20, 2017.
Pusan, South Korea
Genetic study of ancient Trichuris trichiura eggs in Joseon Dynasty specimens

Jong Ha Hong1, Chang Seok Oh1,2, Min Seo3,*, Dong Hoon Shin1,2,*

1Laboratory of Bioanthropology, Paleopathology and History of Diseases, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; 2Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; 3Department of Parasitology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, South Korea; *Co-correspondences.

We analyzed Trichuris trichiura (T. trichiura) ancient DNA (aDNA) extracted from the feces or precipitates of 15th to 18th century Korean mummies. After multiple T. trichiura genes in ancient samples were successfully amplified by PCR, consensus sequences were determined by the alignment of individual…

New Paper: The sharp-edged weapon related cut mark in Joseon skull

The presence of sharp-edged weapon related cut mark in Joseon skull discovered at the 16th century market district of Old Seoul City ruins in South Korea