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Bioarchaeology of East AsiaMovement, Contact, Health$
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Kate Pechenkina and Marc Oxenham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044279

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044279.001.0001

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Tuberculosis and Population Movement across the Sea of Japan from the Neolithic Period to the Eneolithic

Tuberculosis and Population Movement across the Sea of Japan from the Neolithic Period to the Eneolithic

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(p.125) 6 Tuberculosis and Population Movement across the Sea of Japan from the Neolithic Period to the Eneolithic
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Bioarchaeology of East Asia
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Takao Suzuki

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044279.003.0006

Ancient cases of tuberculosis in Far East Asia at around 2200-2000 years BP, probably associated with population movement at that time, raise a question concerning the origin and transmission of tuberculosis to the Americas. Many archaeological and physical anthropological studies suggest that the earliest human migrants to the American continent crossed the area that is now the Bering Strait from Northeast Asia at around 14,000-12,000 years BP. However, the earliest evidence of tuberculosis in Asia dates to a much later period than the time of this estimated population movement through Beringia to the Americas. It is also clear that the earliest cases of tuberculosis found in the Old World, including those from Far East Asia, date back to a much earlier time than the earliest known cases in the New World.

Keywords:   paleoepidemiology, tuberculosis, Pott’s disease, population movement

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