News from the Anthropological Observatory of the Islamic Necropolis in Tauste (OANIT)
Miriam Pina, OANIT director, provides the following information regarding the study and research on the paleo diet of the medieval Islamic necropolis in Tauste conducted by the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
This research team carried out analyses of tooth samples of human remains uncovered at the necropolis in Tauste dated by carbon-14 between the 8th and 11th centuries.
The results of these analyses were later published in various magazines and scientific forums. Recently, UPV/EHU communications office has published a press release to report on its advances and conclusions. Some general and academic means of communication mentioned this news as well.
The principal investigator of the study, Iranzu Guede, is supervised by doctors Maria Cruz Zuluaga and Luis Angel Ortega. This study is included in her doctoral thesis about diet and mobility in medieval times in the North of the Iberian Peninsula.
To do one-time analyses of dental pieces, laser ablation was used. Such technique is deemed less aggressive when working with fossil remains. It, therefore, secures better preservation of these remains which are usually scarce in archaeology and need to be saved for future studies.
The Communications Office of the University that has analysed the media and online coverage of this study, provided us with a dossier that includes all published pieces. We have used them to make up this website with news links.
In March 2015 the program called “ Anthropological Observatory of the Islamic Necropolis in Tauste” (OANIT) was created. From the very beginning, it was associated with the research on the necropolis promoted by El Patiaz and led by anthropologist Miriam Pina Pardos. She has been a highly efficient liaison officer between the Association and professional and scientific communities so far.
In the pictures: Miriam Pina, director of OANIT, with doctors Maria Cruz Zuluaga and Luis Angel Ortega, directors of Iranzu Guede’s doctoral thesis.
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