Laboratoire méditerranéen de préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA) — UMR 7269 — Université d’Aix-Marseille, CNRS, INRAP

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European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association

[Congrès, colloques, réunions]

27-30 août 2012

"Two fields of research frequently contribute to the development of paleopathology - the sociocultural sciences and medical sciences. In the sociocultural sciences research is usually undertaken in laboratories and departments devoted to the humanities, while in the medical sciences research is typically within located medical schools. These two types of research, and the differing philosophical concepts behind them, can lead to ideological conflict, as the contributions of both fields to paleopathology are unbalanced. The medical sciences have the benefit of understanding the lesions caused by disease in humans, and the symptoms of those diseases recorded in written texts from the past. Conversely, the anthropological sciences have the benefit of understanding the archaeological context of the material under investigation, and the cultural context of the past population in question. However, the contribution of paleopathology to both fields seems to favour the anthropological sciences, as most paleopathology articles are published by anthropologists and bioarchaeologists in anthropological journals. "

Main topics
 Isotopic analysis (Social status, diet, mobility : isotopic evidence) / Organizers : Estelle Herrscher & Anastasia Papathanasiou
 Paleopathology : medical and archeological approach
 News in Research

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