Early Medieval Bioanthropology 2020. New approaches to Early Medieval funerary contexts in the Centre and North of the Iberian Peninsula

This first meeting (Coimbra – May 14, 15 and 16, 2020) is dedicated to new approaches to early medieval funerary contexts. The program includes the presentation of research work carried out by multidisciplinary teams from fields such as biological anthropology, archaeology, chemistry, genetics, history, etc. In this first edition, the Centre and North of the Iberian Peninsula was selected for analysis and discussion. Other regions will be addressed in future meetings.

Various Iberian projects, either ongoing or recently concluded, have published new data based on the analysis of human bones, thus rekindling the debate among researchers. Early medieval documental sources are scarce and insufficient to understand the everyday life of communities and individuals. Therefore, bioanthropological studies and the application of new methods – such as the analysis of stable isotopes (diet and mobility) and genetics (haplogroups, genome sequencing of bacterial strains that devastated the ancient world, such as leprosy and the plague) – combined with historical interpretation/data have become a crucial source of information for the construction of knowledge about past societies.

This is the path that has been followed by international research in recent years, and it is in this context of progress and new challenges that Iberian researchers have developed their work. We believe that interdisciplinary projects are the future of research, and so the aim of the first edition of EMBIo, to take place in 2020, is to present the findings and discuss the future of research on Iberian late medieval funerary contexts. 

EMBIo2020 will address topics such as the following:

  • Nutritional behaviours and the relationship between dietary components, cultural practices, physiology and particular aspects of health and disease;
  • Occupational stress markers;
  • Population variations depending on the genetic structure or the existence of adaptative processes related to the environment;
  • Markers of demographic phenomena that may have affected the dynamics of populations;
  • Ancient DNA (analysis of haplogroups and human genome);
  • Analysis of documental sources from the period related to health, medicine, and funerary practices.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

  • Sofia Tereso (CIAS/IEM/UC)
  • Tomás Cordero Ruiz (IEM/NOVA FCSH)
  • Catarina Tente (IEM/NOVA FCSH)
  • Ana Maria Silva (CIAS/UC)
  • Vítor Matos (CIAS/UC)

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Ana Maria Silva (CIAS/UC)
  • Alfonso Vigil Escalera-Guirado (Universidad de Salamanca)
  • Catarina Tente (IEM/FCSH-UNL)
  • Cláudia Umbelino (CIAS/UC)
  • Juan Antonio Quirós-Castillo (Universidad del País Vasco)
  • João Teixeira (University of Adelaide/Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD)

Call for Posters

Researchers from any field of study who are interested in new approaches to early medieval funerary contexts in the Centre and North of the Iberian Peninsula are invited to present poster proposals on the following topics:

  • Nutritional behaviors and the relationship between dietary components, cultural practices, physiology and particular aspects of health and disease;
  • Occupational stress markers;
  • Population variations depending on the genetic structure or the existence of adaptative processes related to the environment;
  • Markers of demographic phenomena that may have affected the dynamics of populations;
  • Ancient DNA (analysis of haplogroups and human genome);
  • Analysis of documental sources from the period related to health, medicine, and funerary practices.

The program includes a poster session where authors will briefly present their work. This is an opportunity to show and discuss their research, as well as interact informally with other participants.

Posters may be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish or English.
 
Deadlines:
Deadline for submission of poster proposals: 31 January 2020
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to [email protected]
Notification of poster acceptance: 1 March 2020.
 
Instructions for posters:
Posters should be presented in A0 format (841mm (width) x 1189mm (length) and handed into the organizing committee on the morning of the first day of the meeting.

Registration

*Participant registration (before April 30, 2020)

Full meeting fees: 70 €

Reduced meeting fees: 35 € (IEM or CIAS members)
10 € (**University students)

*Participant registration (after April 30, 2020)

Full meeting fees: 100 €

Reduced meeting fees: 50 € (IEM and CIAS members)
20 € (University students)

(* All the registration fees include the participation certificate, coffee-breaks, two lunches and field trip to Conimbriga (trip limited to 50 places)

(** Students must send student card or university statement by
e-mail )


Saturday 14 December 2019 - Friday 31 January 2020

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