This project creates three large databases, which will
allow researchers to reinterpret the history of human health
in Europe from the late Paleolithic era to the early twentieth
century. During this period, human health and welfare were
transformed enormously by the transition from foraging to
farming; the rise of cities and complex forms of social
and political organization; European colonization; and industrialization.
With a trans-Atlantic network of collaborators, we will
undertake large-scale comparative studies of the causes
and health consequences of these and other dramatic changes
in arrangements for work, living, and human interaction.
We are looking for field researchers to code and analyze skeletal data in Europe, and we welcome graduate
students who would like to combine this work with a thesis or dissertation. If you are interested, please
complete and return the
application form. You may also directly contact any of the principal investigators.
Data Collection Codebook
Skeleton Photos Courtesy Donald J. Ortner