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Title: Climate, Environment and Malaria during the Prehistory of Mainland Greece
Author: Morgan-Forster, Antonia H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 6643
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2011
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Interpretations of osteological remains from mainland Greece during the 1960-1980s led to the suggestion that the most virulent form of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, was prevalent between the Mesolithic and Late Bronze Age (c. 8700 cal. BC-1100 cal. BC). Although disregarded over the past decade, the theory has regained support in recent years from osteological, epidemiological, environmental and DNA studies. However, the presence of this strain of malaria in prehistoric Greece remains controversial. This thesis evaluates 1) the palaeoclimatic conditions of the Aegean between the Mesolithic and Late Bronze Age and 2) the palaeoenvironmental conditions of three archaeological settlements, with the aim of ascertaining whether the climatic and environmental conditions were as conducive for P. falciparum and the mosquito vectors as the osteological evidence suggested. Equal consideration is given to the so-called ‘lesser strains’ of malaria, P. vivax and P. malariae, the significance of which is considered to have been underestimated in previous studies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DF Greece ; GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography ; CC Archaeology ; RZ Other systems of medicine ; QR355 Virology ; CB History of civilization ; C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)