Osteological symposium in Stockholm; Feb 2, 2008

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Today I lend my blog to the Osteological Association Sweden, to introduce a symposium that will be held in Stockholm on February 2, 2008. All are welcome to partcipate both members and others, at the end of the post are the details on how to register. Some parts in the programme is written in Swedish.

Best wishes and welcome!

Magnus Reuterdahl/the Osteological Association, Sweden

Osteological Association Sweden
in cooperation with
Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory
“Bones bearing witness- A symposium in honor of Ebba During”

DATE: 2th of February 2008.

PLACE: Stockholm University, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, lecture room, level 3, Wallenberglaboratoriet, Lilla Frescativägen 7.

Language: English

11.00-11.15 WELCOME

11.15-12.15 Fil. Dr. Torbjörn Ahlström, Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia, Lunds universitet. “Climate and skeleton. Towards a Human Ecology of skeletal remains”.

12.15-13.15 Prof. George Maat, University Leiden, Netherland. “Scurvy. Dying in the cold world of Spitsbergen”. 13.15-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30 Fil.Dr. Nikolaos Roumelis, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University. “The Paleopathology of Kirchberg”.

15.30-16.30 Ph.D. student Anna Linderholm, Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University: “Ancient DNA and Pathology”.

16.30-17.15 Coffe

17.15-18.15 Fil. Dr. Caroline Arcini, Riksantikvarieämbetet, UV Syd. “Reconstructing

daily life in past populations. The future of Paleopathology”.

18.15-19.00 Closing, discussion and reflections. Senior teacher Jan Storå, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University.

19.00 Dinner at the Department


This symposium has partly been financially supported by grants from Berit Wallenbergs Stiftelse (the Berit Wallenberg Foundation), which is most gratefully acknowledged.

Conference Speaker Biographies:

Fil. Dr. Torbjörn Ahlström

Som osteolog har jag varit verksam vid Statens historiska museum och Riksantikvarieämbetet. Jag har undervisat i ämnet sedan 1994, först vid Stockholms universitet och nu vid Lunds universitet. Som forskare har jag varit verksam vid Stockholms, Göteborgs och Lunds universitet, och som gästforskare vid Odense universitet samt Max Planck-institutet för demografi, Rostock. För närvarande delar jag min tid mellan ett forskningsprojekt vid Göteborgs universitet och undervisning i Lund. Min forskning berör huvudsakligen människan och inspirationen hämtas från såväl naturvetenskap som humanvetenskap. Jag har arbetat huvudsakligen med skelettmaterial från meso- och neolitikum, men med några nedslag i medeltid.

Prof. George J.R. Maat MD PhD, anatomist – forensic anthropologist

George Maat studied medicine at Leiden University in Holland, became MD in 1973 and defended his PhD-thesis at the same university in 1974. Thereafter he has worked as an anatomist at Surinam University (1974-1976), Leiden University (1977-1986), Kuwait University (1986-1990), Utrecht University (1991-1993) and again at Leiden University Medical Center since 1993. In addition to teaching human anatomy, embryology and histology he has been teaching physical anthropology since 1977. From 2004 he teaches forensic anthropology in the Forensic Human Identification Course at the University College London (Barts & Queen Mary), and from 2007 he has been appointed as an honorary professor at the Department of Anatomy at the University of Pretoria. His fields of research are paleopathology and forensic anthropology. At the moment he is, together with Prof. Terry O’Connor and Prof. Shelley Saunders, editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. He is affiliated with the Netherlands Forensic Institute at The Hague. As permanent member of the Dutch Disaster Identification Team and as a temporary member of the British Forensic Team he has been deployed in Kosovo (ICTY; 1999, 2000, 2003), Enschede (fireworks disaster; 2000), Thailand (tsunami; 2004-2005), Afghanistan (military helicopter crash; 2006) and in Surinam (aftermath identifications of the 1989 airplane crash; 2007).

Fil. Dr. Nikolaos Roumelis

Dr Nikolaos Roumelis began his studies in archaeology and osteoarchaeology during the 1990s at Stockholm University. In 2007 he presented his doctoral thesis at Stockholm University. He has specialized in the field of palaeopathology and palaeohistopathology (the use of microscopy in investigating vestiges of diseases on the skeleton), the main field of research is tumorous diseases, inflammatory and deficiency diseases. Since 2001 he has conducted research in Palaeopathology at the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, and is part of the Göttingen Palaeopathology Group, led by Prof. Dr. Michael Schultz. He is currently working on the investigation of health during the Late Neolithic in Sweden and is also working on several international research projects, eg with DAI in Cairo (Deutsche Archäologische Institut) investigating health in the Early Dynastic Period on the Island of Elephantine, Egypt.

Ph.D student Anna Linderholm

After a degree in molecular biology at Umeå University and two years at the Karolinska Institute I started my archaeological studies. After a degree from Stockholm University in archaeological Science in 2001, I spent 7 months at the Anthropological Institution, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, working on a project dealing with possible kinships in a Slavic cemetery, using ancient DNA. After a year working as a research assistant I was accepted to the Archaeological Research Laboratory as a PhD student in 2004. During my PhD studies I have been a Marie Curie fellow stipend at the University of Bradford, UK, working with Prof. Mike Richards learning about stable isotopes, especially sulphur and oxygen. In 2006 I received a STINT stipend and spent 6 months at The Department of Defense DNA registry, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Maryland, USA. Here I worked with ancient DNA from fallen soldiers trying to solve some problems retrieving the DNA from these said samples. The focus of my PhD is migration and adaptation and I try to study this with the help of both stable isotopes and DNA analysis on skeletal material.

Fil. Dr. Caroline Arcini

Jag har varit verksam som osteolog i snart 25 år. Tidigt inriktade jag mig på humant material, och har ett särkilt stort intresse för kartläggning av människans hälsa. Jag har arbetat med gravplatsmaterial från alla tidsperioder, från stenålder till 1800-talet. Genom årens lopp har drygt 10.000 individers skelett blivit föremål för analys. Ett av mina stora intressen är när, varifrån, hur lång tid tar det för olika sjukdomar att sprida sig och hur påverkas de samhällen som drabbas. Mina nuvarande projekt är social stratifiering – vilka begrovs på konventskyrkogårdar, avrättningsplatser, leprans spridning i Norden, syfilis vara eller icke vara i Europa före Columbus återkomst. Jag arbetar också med brandgravar och problematiken kring vilka lämningar som utgör bålplatser respektive gravar.

Registration and prices

Participant registration and payment shall be made at the latest on January 22, 2008. Payment is made to the association on PG 45 56 39-5 SE.

Registration is made by e-mail to of_nyheter@[erase-this]hotmail.com

Pris/Price:                             Symposium, kaffe och lunch/ inklusive middag

Medlemmar/members                                       60:- /150:-

Icke medlemmar/ others                                   95:-/ 200:-


About Magnus Reuterdahl

I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

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