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Detection of parasite eggs from a moat encircling the royal palace of Silla, the ancient Korean Kingdom

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Authors
Shin, Dong Hoon; Oh, Chang Seok; Chung, Taeeun; Yi, Yang Su; Seo, Min; Chai, Jong Yil
Issue Date
2009-11
Publisher
ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Citation
JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE; Vol.36(11); 2534-2539
Keywords
Parasite eggAncientTrichuris trichiuraMoatKorea
Abstract
We conducted a paleo-parasitological study on soil samples from the ancient moat ruins of Weolseong palace, of the Silla Dynasty (BC 57-AD 935) of Korea. Based on the cultural remains found in the mud-soil layer, the layer was precipitated onto the floor of a moat between the 5th and 8th centuries AD. We found Trichuris trichiura eggs only in that mud-soil layer, whereas no parasite eggs were identified in the other archaeological strata of the ruins. As T trichiura eggs are shed only in human feces, we speculated that palace toilet contents were continually drained into the moat; therefore, at a certain point in time after construction, the moat finally became a ditch around the palace. Structures in the stone embankments of the moat, possibly designed to make the water flow continuously in one direction, might reflect the Silla people`s efforts to alleviate the ever-increasing problems inherent in a moat.
ISSN
0305-4403
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/78677
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2009.07.009
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