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Korean J Parasitol. 2014 Jun;52(3):235-42. doi: 10.3347/kjp.2014.52.3.235. Epub 2014 Jun 26.

Paleoparasitological studies on mummies of the Joseon Dynasty, Korea.

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1
Department of Parasitology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan 330-714, Korea.
2
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ, Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro 21040-360, Brasil.
3
School of Natural Resouces, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA.
4
Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea.
5
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea.

Abstract

Paleoparasitology is the application of conventional or molecular investigative techniques to archeological samples in order to reveal parasitic infection patterns among past populations. Although pioneering studies already have reported key paleoparasitological findings around the world, the same sorts of studies had not, until very recently, been conducted in sufficient numbers in Korea. Mummified remains of individuals dating to the Korean Joseon Dynasty actually have proved very meaningful to concerned researchers, owing particularly to their superb preservation status, which makes them ideal subjects for paleoparasitological studies. Over the past several years, our study series on Korean mummies has yielded very pertinent data on parasitic infection patterns prevailing among certain Joseon Dynasty populations. In this short review, we summarized the findings and achievements of our recent paleoparasitological examinations of Joseon mummies and discussed about the prospects for future research in this vein.

KEYWORDS:

Joseon Dynasty; Korea; mummy; paleoparasitology; parasite

PMID:
25031462
PMCID:
PMC4096633
DOI:
10.3347/kjp.2014.52.3.235
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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