Paleodiet Meets Paleopathology

Using skeletical biogeochemistry to link ancient health, food and mobility



The objective of this workshop is to explore the connections between paleodiet and paleopathology, with special focus on the stable isotopes and bone chemistry applications.

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Programme and Proceedings

The final programme and the proceedings  are now available. Please, click here to download the proceedings (pdf file format).


The registration period closed last 25th of September, but the workshop is free and you are very welcome to come and attend the talks and debates. Give us your personal details (welcome desk) if you are not registered and need a certificate of attendance.

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Our keynote speakers

Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist
Growth, metabolic conditions and stable isotopes
Prof. Kerstin Lidén
Ancient DNA and stable isotopes
Dr Tamsin O’Connell
Paleodiet and paleopathology: an overview
Dr Julia Beaumont
Diet and mortality crisis
Dr Marie Louise S. Jørkov
Diet, health and infectious diseases

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Organizing committee


Olalla López-Costas (USC, U Stockholm)
Gundula Müldner (U Reading)
Aurora Grandal D´anglade (UDC)

Organising Committee (USC)

Cruz Ferro-Vázquez
Inés Lecoq Molinos
Laura García López
Luis Rodríguez Lado
Marcela Rial
Marta Pérez Rodríguez

Nerea Piñeiro Juncal
Mohamed Traoré
Noemí Silva-Sánchez
Rebeca Tallón Armada
Sesé Barreiro



Programme & Proceedings

  • 15TH October

    14:00-15:00 Registration desk opens (Aula Magna – Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Faculty of Biology)

    15.00-15.15 Welcome to “Paleodiet meets Paleopathology”

    15.15-16.00 Invited talk 1: Paleodiet and paleopathology: an overview
    Elemental approaches to past human lives, combining the overview of paleodiet and paleopathology. T. O’Connel*

    16.00-17.00 Invited talk 2: Diet and mortality crisis
    Diet and mortality: Famine, feast and fertility. J. Beaumont*.

    17.00- 17.30 Coffee break

    17.30- 19.15 Podium presentations 1. Stable isotopes: human diet, mobility and pathology
    Chairs: T. O’Connel and J. Beaumont

    17:30-17:45 Productive strategies and consumption patterns in farms and villages of Early Medieval Spain: the palaeodietary evidence. M. I. García-Collado
    17:45-18:00 Diet and infant weaning practices in multi-faith medieval Portugal. A. Toso*, M. Alexander
    18:00-18:15 Investigating the transition from pre-monastic to monastic diet in a postmedieval population. A. Higuero*, J. Beaumont
    18:15-18:30 The use of δ13C, δ15N and δ34S for the reconstruction of diet and migration at Boğazköy, Central Anatolia. C. Caldeira*, C. Pickard, H. Üstündağ, A. Schachner, U-D. Schoop
    18:30-18:45 Health and society in Northern Mesoamerica; between foragers and agriculturalist in north-eastern Mexico. J. E. Velasco González*; T. Silva Cárdenas, A. Meza Peñaloza; P. Morales Puente, I. Cassar Aldrete
    18:45-19:00 Ancient proteomics: the simultaneous detection of disease and diet in the archaeological record. J. Hendy*, C. Speller, C. Warinner, M. Collins
    19:00-19:15 Diet, Mobility and Pathology: Past research and Future Bridges in Portugal. C. Umbelino*, A. M. Silva, V. Matos

  • 16TH October

    08:45-08:55 Registration Desk Opens

    09.00-10.00 Invited talk 3: Growth, metabolic conditions and stable isotopes
    Stable Isotope Analysis of Diet in Past Populations: Delving into the Interplay of Dietary Choices, Growth Patterns, and Health Outcomes. A. Waters-Rist

    10.00-11.00 Invited talk 4: Diet, health and infectious diseases
    Diet and health in 19th and 20th century Copenhagen. M. L. Schjellerup Jørkov

    11.00-11.30 Coffee break

    11.30-12.30 Poster session
    Chairs: A. Waters-Rist and M. L. Schjellerup Jørkov

    1. Paleodiet meets paleopathology. Is there a link between diet and diseases among individuals in the Early Medieval cemeteries from Lesser Poland?. A. Kubica-Grygiel*
    2. Stable isotope analysis of a 17th-century Finnish mummy with DISH. T. Väre, M. Núñez*, O. López-Costas, N. Arosén, G. Eriksson, J-A. Junno, J. Niinimäki , S. Niinimäki, M. Niskanen
    3. Exploring the relationship between isotopic composition, age and metabolic conditions in subadults from the Bronze Age population of Motilla del Azuer (Central Iberia). Z. Laffranchi, E. Sánchez Cañadillas*S. Jiménez Brobeil, A. Delgado Huertas, A. Granados, T. Nájera Colino, F. Molina González.
    4. Stable isotopes, diet and territoriality: a new interpretation. I. Sarasketa-Gartzia*
    5. Exploring dietary and mobility patterns in medieval monastery of Las Gobas (Spain). I. Guede, L. A. Ortega, M. C.Zuluaga*, A. Alonso-Olazabal, X. Murelaga, J. L.Solaun, I. Sanchez, A. Azkarate
    6. Good News for Bad Teeth: Paleodiet Through the Isotopic Analysis of Dental Calculus. C. Davenport*, S. Gonzalez, G. Richard Scott, S. R. Poulson, C. Burrell, E. Dove, I. Towle
    7. Diet and social differentiation in medieval Muslim population from Tauste (Zaragoza, NE Spain): Chemical and isotopic evidences. I. Guede, L. A. Ortega*, M. C. Zuluaga, A. Alonso-Olazabal, X. Murelaga, J. Rodriguez Aller, M. Pina, F. J. Gutierrez.
    8. Case study: Application of the clinical periodontal diagnostic method in an archaeological sample from a medieval context. S. Llidó Torrent *, F. Alpiste-Llueca , D.C. Salazar-García
    9. Breastfeeding strategies and children’s health status during Mesolithic-Neolithic. J. Jovanović, C. Becdelievre*, S. Stefanović, M. Le Roy, E. Herrscher, G. Goude.

    12.30-15.00 Lunch

    15.00-16.00 Invited talk 5: Ancient DNA and stable isotopes
    The best of both worlds, when stable isotopes and aDNA meet in an archaeological context. K. Lidén.

    16.00-17.00 Invited talk 6: New perspectives from the animal studies
    Stable isotopes and DNA in Paleontology: beyond the family diet. A. Grandal d ́Anglade.

    17.00- 17.30 Coffee break

    17.30- 18.30 Podium presentations 2. Trace elements, aDNA and stable isotopes to approach human and animal diet and pathology.
    Chairs: K. Lidén and A. Grandal d´Anglade

    17:30-17:45 Fish-eating sheep at Lake Inari? Stable isotope analysis of animals offered at Sámi sacred sites in Finnish Lapland 1000-1800 AD. M. Núñez*, K. Lidén, G. Eriksson
    17:45-18:00 Determination of bone lead in a Roman Period population of Granada (Spain). N. Lupiáñez-Corpas*, M. C. Martín-Domingo, F. Gil-Hernández.
    18:00-18:15 New Rum, Old Poison: Lead Exposure and Rum Consumption from Human Remains at the Royal Naval Hospital Cemetery in Antigua, West Indies. D. Wilson*, A. Lieverse, T. Swanston, R. Murphy, I. Coulthard, D. Cooper, T. Varney
    18:15-18:30 The Genetics of Leprosy in Medieval Europe. C. Economou

    18.30 -19.30 Discussion
    Paleodiet and paleopathology: Ways Forward. G. Müldner and O. López-Costas.

Paleodiet meets Paleopathology Venue

The Workshop will take place at the Aula Magna – Santiago Ramón y Cajal of the Faculty of Biology, University of Santiago de Compostela