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Paleodemography and Paleopathology in Early Medieval Säben-Sabiona, South Tyrol

​The Early Medieval Ages were signed by intense migration events that lead to substantial impacts on population health and demography in the Italian Alps, as recorded historically and archaeologically. Even now, these impacts are still unclear. Thus South Tyrol, which was an important migration route, provides an ideal sample that can supply a considerable amount of information that assists the reconstruction of the biological and paleopathological profile of the local population during these historical events.

 
Due to the limitation of anthropological studies on local human remains, in 2014, Eurac research started an interdisciplinary project on Early Medieval South Tyrol.
 
The present PhD project aims to add to the already gathered data and focuses on the human skeletal remains from Early Medieval Säben-Sabiona, near Klausen-Chiusa, in the Eisack-Isarco valley. Säben- Sabiona features the largest Early Medieval cemetery (~200 graves) of South Tyrol. Therefore, detailed anthropological and paleopathological analyses are planned, in order to reconstruct the demographic and paleopathological profile (sex-age determination, metrics and entheseal changes) of the human skeletons from Säben-Sabiona.
 
The present work will provide an important contribution to a wider project that aims the understanding of population dynamics of Early Medieval South Tyrol.


PERIOD: 05.09.2016 - 04.09.2019

PROJECT MANAGER/VICE PROJECT MANAGER: Tumler Daniela/Zink Albert

TEAM: Paladin Alice, Coia Valentina

PROJECT PARTNERS:

  • Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Bozen, Department of Archaeological Heritage

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