You are cordially invited to an event sponsored by the Onassis Foundation and the Columbia Center for Archaeology.
Dr. Eleni Mantzourani
Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology, Faculty of History and Archaeology, University of Athens
Disease and Therapy: medical and other therapeutical practices in the prehistoric eastern Mediterranean
The lecture will address the issue of health as well as the medical and other therapeutic practices in the eastern Mediterranean during the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE. The study of skeletal remains, archaeological finds, and textual evidence are the main sources on health conditions in prehistoric times. Three key-areas will be examined: Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Aegean. Although we can reconstruct the most detailed picture on health and diseases in Egypt, important insights can be gained for the Near East and the Aegean worlds as well. The information available on the treatment of wounds and other external injuries (primarily of legs, feet, arms, and the head) suggests a sophisticated knowledge of orthopedics and surgery. There is also evidence for the existence of infectious diseases caused by viruses and/or bacteria. Diseases, injuries, and their more or less medical treatment played an important role in life and death of prehistoric eastern Mediterranean populaces. Among other things, the lecture will place healing and medicine in close proximity to ‘magical’ and further religious practices.
Monday, March 2. 6.15pm
612 Schermerhorn Ext.