The biological variability, health and social stratification of the early medieval population of Great Moravia: micro evolutionary changes
• (Principal) Investigator:
RNDr. Petr Velemínský, Ph.D. (National Museum)
• identification number:
GA206/07/0699
• Realization:
2007-2009
• Agency:
GA CR
• Keywords:
medieval population; biological variability; health state; morphology; 3D methods
 
 
 

The project examines the relationship between biological variability, socio-economic conditions and health in the early medieval population of Great Moravia. The size and time interval of the burial-grounds at the settlement agglomeration of Mikulčice allows a population analysis of biological and social phenomena. The project closely links on to previous studies by the applicants (palaeodemography – sex dimorphism – morphological variability – skull shape analysis – locomotory system – health – studyof burial rites). In view of the different socio-economic situations in European regions, the objective is also to carry out a comparison with other European populations. An epidemiological approach will be given preference for evaluating the health of the population and the comparison of health will be based on a “health index” (Steckel et al., 2002). The analysis of micro-evolutionary changes will use 3D geometric morphometry. The project is of a multidisciplinary nature and the main outputs will.

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