Skeletal records: assessing health through osteological and historical data

Leading researcher: Francisca Alves Cardoso
Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Skeletal records | Paleobiology | Paleopathology | Health | Portugal | Spatial inequalities


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/43330/2008
Starting date: 16-12-08

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Abstract

Human remains have systematically been used to assess the health of past populations. In recent decades, however, the accuracy of this assumption has been open to debate. The present research aims to assess the correlation between osteological and historical data in determining past population health, and to contribute to its discussion by introducing new techniques of recording and analysis of osteological data. By integrating innovative geographical techniques this research will be pioneering future approaches to health assessment using paleopathological analysis. The research will focus on spatial inequalities between socio-economics, health and skeletal variables, in Lisbon (Portugal), during the 19th and 20th century. The research outcome will either reinforce the study of human skeletons as means for determining past societies’ health, or strengthen the growing concerns for a new methodological approach to the assessment of health through human skeletons. The project will also discuss the ethical and legal framework of human identified skeletal collections, contextualizing the collections genesis and significance.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub6*Amélia Frazão MoreiraSupervisorproj24*Skeletal records: assessing health through osteological and historical dataPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoResearch scholarproj24*Skeletal records: assessing health through osteological and historical dataPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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