ANCIENT DISEASE IN SOUTH AFRICA ; WHAT BIOARCHAEOLOGY AND ANCIENT DNA CAN TEACH US ABOUT TUBERCULOSIS,LEPROSY AND BRUCELLOSIS IN THE PAST
Dr Tessa Campbell
Tue, 14/11/2023 - 18:00
SA Astronomical Observatory auditorium
Time : 18.00 for 18.30 - ABSTRACT: The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the enormous and multifaceted impact disease can have on our lives. While COVID-19 is new to our species, we have a much longer history with some of our other pathogens. The antiquity and/or nature of these relationships, as well as their impact on past populations are, however, not always well understood. We can investigate these questions using multiple tools that include historical literature, bioarchaeological analyses and ancient DNA. This presentation will focus on what we can learn about the emergence, spread and evolution of three diseases – tuberculosis, leprosy and brucellosis – in South Africa.
BIO: Dr Campbell is a research fellow in the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London, as well as Assistant Curator in the Archaeology Department at the Iziko SA Museums of South Africa. In 2019, she completed her doctoral thesis at UCT, investigating the emergence and spread of tuberculosis in South Africa. Her broader research interests concern investigating the history of disease in South Africa, how colonialism and inequality have shaped the course of health and disease in a local context, understanding the cultural cost of development and how developer-led archaeology has impacted archaeological practice.
End-of-year function - after the above talk on 14 November 2023
Donation per person - R30 - to be paid at the reception table prior to the talk.
A happy time to get together and enjoy ourselves over some wine or juice and snacks.
With best wishes for the festive period - see you again in 2024
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