Korean J Parasitol.  2017 Jun;55(3):357-361. 10.3347/kjp.2017.55.3.357.

Discovery of Parasite Eggs in Archeological Residence during the 15th Century in Seoul, Korea

  • 1Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon 22212, Korea. tongsookim@inha.ac.kr
  • 2Han Ul Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Suwon 16348, Korea.
  • 3Department of Hygienic Research, Incheon Metropolitan City Public Health and Environment Research Institute, Incheon 22320, Korea.
  • 4Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, College of Health Sciences, Yonsei University, School of Public Health, Wonju 26493, Korea. rainlee67@naver.com


During civil engineering construction near Sejong-ro, Jongro-ku, Seoul, cultural sites were found that are thought to have been built in the 15th century. This area was home to many different people as well as the leaders of the Yi dynasty. To gain further insight into the life styles of the inhabitants of the old capital, soil samples were collected from various areas such as toilets, water foundations, and drainage ways. Parasite eggs were examined by microscopy after 5 g soil samples were rehydrated in 0.5% trisodium phosphate solution. A total of 662 parasite eggs from 7 species were found. Species with the highest number of eggs found were Ascaris lumbricoides (n=483), followed by Trichuris trichiura (138), Trichuris vulpis (21), Fasciola hepatica (8), Clonorchis sinensis (6), Paragonimus westermani (4), and Metagonimus yokogawai (2). These findings indirectly indicate the food habits of the people in Yi dynasty.


Ascaris lumbricoides; Fasciola hepatica; Paragonimus westermani; Clonorchis sinensis; Metagonimus yokogawai; egg; paleoparasitology
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