Abigail Ash, PhD.Candidate
E-mail : borley_rectory [at] hotmail [dot] com
CORK ADDRESS :
Department of Archaeology
University College Cork
DUBLIN ADDRESS :
Molecular Population Genetics
Smurfit Institute of Genetics
Trinity College Dublin
Tel : +353-(0)1-896-1265
Fax : +353-(0)1-679-8558
The palaeopathology of prehistoric Europe.
The prehistory of Europe is dominated in archaeology by two major
migrational events: the appearance of anatomically modern humans
ca. 40-45 kya and the movement of farming into the hunter-gatherer
landscape between 4-10kya. Each of these migrations involved the
movement of people and ideas from east to west with possible
introgression, but ultimate replacement, of endogenous populations
and their cultural practices. The effects of having evolved in
disparate landscapes, employing differing subsistence strategies,
are expected to be visible in the skeletons of endogenous and
immigrant populations, expressed through musculoskeletal stress
markers and patterns of disease and trauma prevalence. The
measurement of these expressions via the osteological assessment of
skeletal operational taxonomic units across the migratory
transitions is thus the next step in understanding the mobility and
interaction of prehistoric populations.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
2011-present: PhD candidate at University College Cork.
2009-2010: MSc Human Osteology & Palaeopathology at the University of Bradford, UK. Distinction.
2006-2009: BSc Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Liverpool, UK. First Class Honours.
Research is undertaken as part of the ERC funded project "From the earliest modern humans to the onset of farming (45 000-4500 BP): the role of climate, life-style, health, migration and selection in shaping European population history" under the supervision of Dr. Ron Pinhasi.