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Parasite infection at the early farming community of Çatalhöyük

Ledger, Marissa L.; Anastasiou, Evilena; Shillito, Lisa-Marie; Mackay, Helen; Bull, Ian D.; Haddow, Scott D.; Knüsel, Christopher J.; Mitchell, Piers D.


Marissa L. Ledger

Evilena Anastasiou

Lisa-Marie Shillito

Ian D. Bull

Scott D. Haddow

Christopher J. Knüsel

Piers D. Mitchell


The early village at Çatalhöyük (7100–6150 BC) provides important evidence for the Neolithic and Chalcolithic people of central Anatolia. This article reports on the use of lipid biomarker analysis to identify human coprolites from midden deposits, and microscopy to analyse these coprolites and soil samples from human burials. Whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) eggs are identified in two coprolites, but the pelvic soil samples are negative for parasites. Çatalhöyük is one of the earliest Eurasian sites to undergo palaeoparasitological analysis to date. The results inform how intestinal parasitic infection changed as humans modified their subsistence strategies from hunting and gathering to settled farming.


Ledger, M. L., Anastasiou, E., Shillito, L., Mackay, H., Bull, I. D., Haddow, S. D., …Mitchell, P. D. (2019). Parasite infection at the early farming community of Çatalhöyük. Antiquity, 93(369),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2019
Online Publication Date May 31, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2020
Journal Antiquity
Print ISSN 0003-598X
Electronic ISSN 1745-1744
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Volume 93
Issue 369
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