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January 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Korean Academy of Paleopathology and Osteoarchaeology (KAPO) have elected new executive committee members, and begin their new term in office from 2018-2020. This association was founded in 2012 and plays an important role in the exchange of opinions among paleopathologists in South Korea, holding regular academic conferences, communication with foreign scholars, and contributing to government policies for studies on archaeological human remains.

As you well know, paleopathology is not yet established well in East Asia, so this association has been working hard to overcome the situation. The new executive committee looks forward to working with the PPA, and improving active exchange with scholars in foreign countries.

More information can be found in the Korean Academy of Paleopathology and Osteoarchaeology Newsletter.

Dong Hoon Shin
Seoul National University College of Medicine

January 28, 2016

Dr. Michael Zimmerman and his wife Barbara have developed a website, http://manchestermummy.org , which lists the three thousand microscopic slides that he has donated to the KNH Centre for Biomedical Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK, representing an almost half century career.  The entries list the original sites, organs, diagnoses and publications and other information pertinent to each specimen, as well as many photomicrographs.  The slides and paraffin blocks may be borrowed for research purposes.  The Manchester collection also includes a number of mummy specimens and historic books.  Viewers may use the images for lectures and other scholarly pursuits but many of them have been published in various journals.  Those wishing to use images in their own publications would have to request permission from the relevant journals.  Any specific questions can be emailed to Dr. Zimmerman at michael.r.zimmerman@villanova.edu

Meetings and Events of Interest

  • The Joint Conference on the Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt & The International Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt will be held at the American University in Cairo from January 10-13, 2019. More information can be found at the conference website https://www.bae2019.org/

    • Call for papers: Bone, Bodies, and Disease; Saturday 26th January, 2019 University of Bradford                                                           Deadline Friday 30th November, 2018
      We invite abstracts for papers relating to Calvin Wells and his work, and papers relating to bones, bodies and / or disease
      Please send abstracts  (Max. 300 words) to:  bonesbodiesdisease2019@gmail.com
      Please include your name, title and affiliation with your abstract and specify podium or poster*
      *Podium Presentations should be 10 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions. Poster Presentations should be no bigger than A1 in size and must be in portrait orientation
      N.B a small number of places have been reserved for presenters, but  please try to register if submitting abstracts. Any issues please contact the organisers.
        Date: Saturday 26th January, 2019
        Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
        Location: Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford
        Tickets: FREE (pre-registration only)

         Details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/university-of-bradford-putting-flesh-on-the-bones-project-17925202186
        • Call for papers
          The Department of Natural Sciences of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin is pleased to announce the first Workshop on Ancient Rare Diseases, focussing on paleopathological record and data dissemination. The workshop will take place in Berlin, from the 27th of February to the 1st of March 2019, in the wider frame of the international Rare Disease Day.

          Reports on rare diseases from archaeological contexts can be found in specialised literature, although a dedicated forum is still missing. The current situation heavily affects the visibility of the available data. Ultimately, quality information hardly reaches the larger public.

          This workshop aims at creating a platform for a more systematic approach to rare diseases, where single cases are collected, discussed and integrated in a broader overview.
          Furthermore, we believe that understanding the history of rare diseases is a crucial step to take in order to increase knowledge and awareness about their past, present and future.

           1st W.A.R.D., What’s the plan?

          Each of the three days of the workshop will be focused on a specific topic:

          1.      Defining rare diseases. The osteoarchaeological evidence of rare diseases: identification and methodological issues.
          2.      Medical diagnostic and paleopathology. Rare diseases yesterday and today: diagnostic tools, paleogenetic and history of rare diseases.
          3.      Communication, media, ethics. From labs to museums and large public: accessing, understanding, talking about rare diseases.


          The workshop opens its doors to all those who are interested in the study of rare diseases from archaeological record - and beyond-.
          No fees of any sorts are applied.

          If you wish to take part please read carefully the guidelines on our website  https://www.dainst.blog/rare-disease-workshop/

        • International Open Workshop: Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI
          Date: 11-16 March 2019
          Venue: Kiel University

          Organizing institutions: Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes (http://www.gshdl.uni-kiel.de/), Collaborative Research Centre 1266 "Scales of Transformation" (http://www.sfb1266.uni-kiel.de/en)

          Homepage: http://www.workshop-gshdl.uni-kiel.de/

          Deadlines: CFP 15 November 2018, registration 8 February 2019

          Official text:
          Social space and natural environment amplify the concept of landscape resulting from transformation processes of human-environmental interaction patterns within the history of humankind. Different layers of human activities are visible in societal fingerprints on the natural and cultural environment. Investigating these reciprocal dynamics includes conditions of different environmental, demographic, economic, social, and ideological settings in global tendencies, regional developments, and local episodes.

          A transdisciplinary effort of scientists and scholars is necessary to achieve a better understanding of societies beyond landscapes, which involves substantial changes in human-environmental relationships and the underlying interaction patterns of the past 15,000 years.
          Within this framework the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” and the Collaborative Research Centre 1266 “Scales of Transformation” are glad to invite senior and junior researchers to the INTERNATIONAL OPEN WORKSHOP: SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL DYNAMICS OVER THE LAST 15,000 YEARS: THE CREATION OF LANDSCAPES for the sixth time after 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. It takes place 11-16 March 2019 at Kiel University, Germany.

          The scientific programme of this workshop aims to promote discussion by merging themes that reflect aspects of human development in landscapes as well as different scales of transformations in prehistoric and archaic societies.Therefore, the sessions intend to explore wide diachronic and interdisciplinary spectra: From Lateglacial societies to communities of pre-modern cites, topics on human adaptation and coping strategies, burial rites, residential behaviour, formation of complex networks and past health, and different theoretical and methodological approaches covering social, physical, life, and formal sciences.

          Abstracts addressing one or more of the sessions are welcome until November 15, 2018. For further deadlines and session overview please have a look at the official website http://www.workshop-gshdl.uni-kiel.de/

        Field Schools and Courses

        PPA members who would like to post links to field schools and courses of interest, please contact paleopath.secretary@gmail.com

        • Posted 8/7/18: The Institute for Research and Learning in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology (IRLAB) is providing Advanced Field Experience in Bioarchaeology modules September 17 – October 12, 2018.
          PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The excavation of human burials is a sensitive undertaking that must be carried out with utmost professionalism. Specialized bioarchaeological training is essential to ensure that human burials are uncovered, documented, and removed properly, that is, without damaging the remains or destroying precious information. However, unless they have specialized in the excavation of human remains, even professional archaeologists may not always be up to the task. This field-based program was developed specifically for advanced students and CRM professionals interested in furthering their professional training by acquiring bioarchaeological skills and experience.By working in small groups, side-by-side with IRLAB’s professional team, participants will have the opportunity to excavate burials from start to finish. Upon completion of the program, participants will have learned how to properly identify, excavate, document, and remove human burials in archaeological context. For more information: https://www.irlabnp.org/advanced-field-experience-in-bioarchaeology/



        The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science

        Announces Funding Opportunities

        The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers three different types of Fellowship funding: Post-Doctoral (3 year term), Pre-Doctoral (2 year term), and Senior (5-10 months), as well as shorter duration, more focused Research Associate positions. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

        Priority will be given to question-driven research projects that address substantive problems through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources not available on site.

        For more information, click here.

        National Science Foundation

        October 2016

        The Biological Anthropology Program is returning to a six-month interval between competitions for both regular research (Senior) and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIG). For the DDRIG competition, this change is effective immediately, in conjunction with the publication of a revised solicitation (17-506). The next DDRIG target dates will be January 20, 2017, and July 20, 2017, and future dates will be January and July 20th of each year. For the Senior competition (which has a program description but not a solicitation), this change will be effective AFTER the November 16, 2016 and July 19, 2017 target dates. The subsequent target dates will be January and July 20 (or next business day) of each year.

        **Other DDRIG Changes** – please refer to the revised DDRIG solicitation (17-506) regarding the following changes:

        - Target dates instead of deadlines

        - Revised target dates (as noted above)

        - Two-time submission limit per student

        Other aspects of the Senior and DDRIG competitions, including the program scope, merit review procedures and proposal requirements, remain the same.

        Main BA page: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5407

        BA DDRIG page: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17506/nsf17506.htm


        As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.”


        Rebecca J. Ferrell, Ph.D.
        Program Director
        Biological Anthropology
        National Science Foundation
        4201 Wilson Boulevard, Rm. 961
        Arlington, VA  22230
        (703) 292-7850(703) 292-7850
        (703) 292-9068 (fax)


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