MEM INST OSWALDO CRUZ, RIO DE JANEIRO, Vol. 112 | 2017
PAGES: DOI: 10.1590/0074-02760160442 Short communication
Taenia sp. in human burial from Kan River, East Siberia

Sergey Mikhailovich Slepchenko1,2,3,+, Sergey Nikolaevich Ivanov1, Anton Vasilevich Vybornov3,4, Tsybankov Alexander Alekseevich3, Slavinsky Vyacheslav Sergeyevich3, Danil Nikolaevich Lysenko5, Vyacheslav Evgenievich Matveev5

1Ltd Paleopoisk, Novosibirsk, Russia
2Institute of the Problems of Northern Development, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tyumen, Russia
3Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia
4Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia
5Ltd Krasnoyarsk’s Geoarcheology, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Abstract

We present an arhaeoparasitological analysis of a unique burial from the Neftprovod II burial ground in East Siberia, which dated from the Bronze Age. Analysis of a sediment sample from the sacral region of the pelvis revealed the presence of Taenia sp. eggs. Because uncooked animal tissue is the primary source of Taenia, this indicated that the individual was likely consuming raw or undercooked meat of roe deer, red deer, or elk infected with Taenia. This finding represents the oldest case of a human infected with Taenia sp. from Eastern Siberia and Russia.

Financial support: Russian Foundation for Basic Research
(grant #17-06-00302 A).
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Received 4 October 2016
Accepted 25 January 2017

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