This paper presents the study of parasite remains recovered in pollen samples collected from archaeological layers. Laboratory treatment enabled us to ob- tain very high concentrations of both pollen and parasite eggs from the same samples. The case study of the site of Piazza Garibaldi in Parma, a town in the Po plain, is reported. The site was a sacred area in Roman times and a market square in Medieval times (10th–11th century A.D.). Pollen, seeds, and fruits from the latter phase were collected from four Medieval pits and one cesspit. After a palynological treatment including sieving, floating, and light acetolysis, abundant quantities of parasite eggs were extracted. Human and animal parasite eggs belonging to Trichuris, Ascaris, Taenia/Echinococcus, Capillaria, Dicrocoelium, and Diphyllobothrium were found. The analyses of an- imal and plant remains identified in the same samples suggested that the pit infillings consisted of waste, human and animal excrements, deteriorated plant food, and refuse of grapes. Therefore, parasite remains help the inter- pretation of archaeobotanical data in identifying human behaviors and site functions.

The Significance of Intestinal Parasite Remains in Pollen Samples from Medieval Pits in the Piazza Garibaldi of Parma, Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy / Florenzano, Assunta; Mercuri, Anna Maria; Pederzoli, Aurora; Torri, Paola; Bosi, Giovanna; Olmi, Linda; Rinaldi, Rossella; Mazzanti, Marta. - In: GEOARCHAEOLOGY. - ISSN 0883-6353. - STAMPA. - 27:(2012), pp. 34-477. [10.1002/gea.21390]

The Significance of Intestinal Parasite Remains in Pollen Samples from Medieval Pits in the Piazza Garibaldi of Parma, Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy

FLORENZANO, Assunta;MERCURI, Anna Maria;PEDERZOLI, Aurora;TORRI, Paola;BOSI, Giovanna;OLMI, Linda;RINALDI, ROSSELLA;MAZZANTI, Marta
2012

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This paper presents the study of parasite remains recovered in pollen samples collected from archaeological layers. Laboratory treatment enabled us to ob- tain very high concentrations of both pollen and parasite eggs from the same samples. The case study of the site of Piazza Garibaldi in Parma, a town in the Po plain, is reported. The site was a sacred area in Roman times and a market square in Medieval times (10th–11th century A.D.). Pollen, seeds, and fruits from the latter phase were collected from four Medieval pits and one cesspit. After a palynological treatment including sieving, floating, and light acetolysis, abundant quantities of parasite eggs were extracted. Human and animal parasite eggs belonging to Trichuris, Ascaris, Taenia/Echinococcus, Capillaria, Dicrocoelium, and Diphyllobothrium were found. The analyses of an- imal and plant remains identified in the same samples suggested that the pit infillings consisted of waste, human and animal excrements, deteriorated plant food, and refuse of grapes. Therefore, parasite remains help the inter- pretation of archaeobotanical data in identifying human behaviors and site functions.
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The Significance of Intestinal Parasite Remains in Pollen Samples from Medieval Pits in the Piazza Garibaldi of Parma, Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy / Florenzano, Assunta; Mercuri, Anna Maria; Pederzoli, Aurora; Torri, Paola; Bosi, Giovanna; Olmi, Linda; Rinaldi, Rossella; Mazzanti, Marta. - In: GEOARCHAEOLOGY. - ISSN 0883-6353. - STAMPA. - 27:(2012), pp. 34-477. [10.1002/gea.21390]
Florenzano, Assunta; Mercuri, Anna Maria; Pederzoli, Aurora; Torri, Paola; Bosi, Giovanna; Olmi, Linda; Rinaldi, Rossella; Mazzanti, Marta
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