Bioarchaeologist links medieval diet, childhood survival

Posted 1 year 6 months ago
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Laurie Reitsema, assistant professor of anthropology, studies how early childhood living conditions in medieval Italy affected individuals' health outcomes as adults:

"The medieval period was a really interesting time for people's diets because society was so stratified," said Reitsema, who directs the Bioarchaeology and Biochemistry Laboratory at UGA. "When it came to a person's nutrition, there were really sharp divisions in class; there were sharp divisions between the sexes."

A previous study Reitsema conducted in Trino Vercellese, a small town in Italy's piedmont region...

Global research collaboration grants

Posted 1 year 7 months ago
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Researchers involved in challenges around the globe are some of the most important areas of scholarly engagement today that inform the classroom experience in very real ways. Four collaborative, international research projects at UGA — from a data-driven look at 19th-century Atlantic trade to the development of novel enzymes for bioenergy production — are the first to receive seed funding under the new Global Research Collaboration Grant program.

Funding is provided by the Office of International Education and the Office of the Vice President for Research, and it is matched by...

History: The Oblate Sisters of Providence

Posted 1 year 7 months ago
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UGA history professor Diane Batts Morrow has spent much of her career studying the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first congregation of black Catholic sisters in the United States. A recent Q & A with Dr. Morrow tells part of the fascinating story:

When I was growing up in Philadelphia, I had never seen a black nun. And I was a cradle Catholic. I went to integrated parochial schools, where there were white nuns teaching and the student body was integrated, but I had never seen a black nun. So it was a real revelation. I felt deprived of knowing about my history as a black...

Saunt's USNewsMap wins NEH prize

Posted 1 year 7 months ago
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The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the winners of the Chronicling America Data Challenge, and among them is Claudio Saunt from the department of history for his USNewsMap.com. The project maps patterns, explores regions, investigates how stories and terms spread around the country, and watches information go viral before the era of the internet:

This site argues that newspapers better capture the public discourse because of their quick publication schedule.  For example, users can track “miscegenation,” a term coined in 1863 by a Democratic Party operative to...

Archeologists find 16th-century fort San Marcos

Posted 1 year 7 months ago
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A team of archaeologists led by University of South Carolina's Chester DePratter and UGA's Victor Thompson has located the remains of a Spanish fort erected in 1577 in the Spanish town of Santa Elena, on present-day Parris Island, S.C. For decades, attempts to find it have failed, and Fort San Marcos stayed hidden until new technology brought it to light:

San Marcos is one of five Spanish forts built sequentially at Santa Elena over its 21-year occupation. DePratter and Thompson have conducted research at Santa Elena since 2014 to find the fort that was founded in 1577 by Pedro...