“Investigating Morbidity and Mortality in the Ancient Near East” Lecture on Tuesday, September 27

As part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series, the Medical History Interest Group invites you to attend “Investigating Morbidity and Mortality in the Ancient Near East” on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. This lecture, presented by Megan Perry, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Anthropology, begins at 4:30p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, fourth floor Laupus Library. The event will also be hosted on WebEx. Attend the event virtually at this link.

The Topic

Dr. Megan A. Perry will be speaking about her research to date in the paleopathological analysis of metabolic disease found in human remains in Hisban, Jordan. Discussion will include findings of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, research methods, and implications for future research. She will also present photographs from her time researching in Petra, Jordan.

Dr. Perry in Jordan.

The Speaker

Megan A. Perry is Professor of Anthropology with East Carolina University.  She holds her degrees from the University of New Mexico (Ph.D.), Case Western Reserve University (M.A.), and Boston University (B.A.). Her primary research interests involve investigating human skeletal remains to assess ancient disease, diet, and mobility patterns, in addition to mortuary practices of ancient populations in 1st century B.C. to 6th century A.D. and 19th century Jordan. Her bioarchaeological research at Petra focuses on how one neighborhood in the ancient city adapted to their increasingly urban environment through evidence of physiological stress, isotopic evidence of diet and migration, population demography, and sources of the site’s most important resource, water. She also is investigating the social and biological determinants of metabolic disease in 19th century Jordan. Professor Perry has been working on archaeological projects in Jordan for 30 years, and she is on the Board of the American Center of Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan.

More Information

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Directions and parking information.

If you’d like to travel by bus from Main Campus, take bus 302 from the Main Campus Student Center to the Allied Health Sciences Building. Click here for the 302 bus schedule.

Lectures may be video recorded.

Learn more about the MHIG lectures and view an archive of previous recordings.