Event Title

Syphilis in Osteological Research

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Professional Biography

Rachel Vang is a second-year graduate student at Minnesota State University Mankato, pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Anthropology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, emphasizing in Ceramics, and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Osteology, museum studies, American Indigenous art and burial objects comprise the main areas of her research interests. Her current research focuses on considerations for Mimbres painted pottery vessels in museum settings.

Description

This presentation entails an overview of treponemal infectious diseases with a particular focus on syphilis and its manifestation in skeletal remains. Special focus will be paid to the skeletal responses related to syphilis as discussed in a plethora of osteological research and publication on infectious disease. As both intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect the skeletal response and lived experience involved in contracting syphilis, a sociocultural and historical perspective is presented. Due to the stigma associated with syphilis, in both past and present populations, there has been considerable debate over the origins of this infectious disease. This presentation will conclude with describing the three main hypotheses that have been proposed for the origin of syphilis in osteological research.

Keywords

osteology, treponemal infection, syphilis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Anthropology

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

First Faculty Advisor's Name

Rhonda Dass

First Faculty Advisor's Department

Anthropology

First Faculty Advisor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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May 15th, 12:00 AM May 15th, 12:00 AM

Syphilis in Osteological Research

This presentation entails an overview of treponemal infectious diseases with a particular focus on syphilis and its manifestation in skeletal remains. Special focus will be paid to the skeletal responses related to syphilis as discussed in a plethora of osteological research and publication on infectious disease. As both intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect the skeletal response and lived experience involved in contracting syphilis, a sociocultural and historical perspective is presented. Due to the stigma associated with syphilis, in both past and present populations, there has been considerable debate over the origins of this infectious disease. This presentation will conclude with describing the three main hypotheses that have been proposed for the origin of syphilis in osteological research.