ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF EPIDEMICS AND NATURAL DISASTERS IN MEDIEVAL AND MODERN CENTRAL EUROPE

2020-08-18

We invite you to submit papers on epidemics and natural disasters in medieval and modern Europe. We are interested not only in archaeology and history, but also in the palaeodemographic approach or from the perspective of physical anthropology and ethnography. The proposed subject matter includes:

- Research and interpretation of cemeteries, single burials, related with epidemics, natural disasters (archaeological, anthropological and historical perspective)

- Social reactions to epidemics, e.g. social exclusion of the afflicted, the impact of epidemics on the funeral rite and attitudes towards the deceased or the organisation of the funeral space

- Beliefs and rituals related to the plague - ways of preventing the epidemic, stopping the plague, searching for the "scapegoat" - source analysis and archaeological identification possibilities

- Impact of the epidemic on material culture, demography, economy, etc.

- Research on pathological changes in bone remains from epidemic cemeteries