Korean J Parasitol.  2013 Aug;51(4):489-492. 10.3347/kjp.2013.51.4.489.

Paleoparasitological Surveys for Detection of Helminth Eggs in Archaeological Sites of Jeolla-do and Jeju-do

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Korea.
  • 2Bioanthropology and Paleopathology Lab, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea.
  • 3Jeonnam Cultural Property Research Center, Naju 520-090, Korea.
  • 4Department of Parasitology and Research Center for Mummy, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Korea. bbbenji@naver.com

Abstract

A paleoparasitological survey to detect helminth eggs was performed in archaeological sites of Jeolla-do and Jeju-do, the Republic of Korea. Total 593 soil samples were collected in 12 sites of Jeolla-do and 5 sites of Jeju-do from April to November 2011, and examined by the methods of Pike and coworkers. A total of 4 helminth eggs, 2 eggs each for Trichuris trichiura and Ascaris sp., were found in soil samples from 1 site, in Hyangyang-ri, Jangheung-eup, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do. The egg-recovery layer was presumed to represent a 19th century farm, which fact suggested the use of human manures. This is the third archaeological discovery of parasite eggs in Jeolla-do. Additionally, no helminth eggs in archaeological sites of Jeju-do is an interesting problem to be solved in the further investigations.

Keyword

Ascaris; Trichuris trichiura; paleoparasitology; Jeolla-do; Jeju-do
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