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The database is hosted by Kiel University
and is established by Magda Wieckowska-
Lüth, Wiebke Kirleis and Kay Schmütz,
Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology.

© Wieckowska-Lüth/Kirleis/Schmütz 2020

Ascaris sp.Type: No information

Category: Helminths

Sub-category: Nematoda

Taxonomical identification: Ascaris sp.

First publication: No information

Other publication/s:
Fernandes, A., Ferreira, L.F., Carvalho Gonçalves, M.L., Bouchet, F., Klein, C.H., Iguchi, T. Sianto, L. and Araujo, A. (2005) Intestinal parasite analysis in organic sediments collected from a 16th-century Belgian archeological site. Cad. Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, 21(1), 329–332
Bosi, G., Bandini Mazzanti, M., Florenzano, A., Massamba N’siala, I., Pederzoli, A., Rinaldi, R., Torri, P. and Mercuri, A.M. (2011) Seeds/fruits, pollen and parasite remains as evidence of site function: piazza Garibaldi – Parma (N Italy) in Roman and Mediaeval times. Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 1621–1633
Brinkkemper, O. and van Haaster, H. (2012) Eggs of intestinal parasites whipworm (Trichuris) and mawworm (Ascaris): Non-pollen palynomorphs in archaeological samples. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 186, 16–21
Le Bailly, M., Landolt, M., Mauchamp, L. and Dufour, B. (2014) Intestinal Parasites in First World War German Soldiers from ‘‘Kilianstollen’’, Carspach, France. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109543
Le Bailly, M. and Araújo, A. (2016) Past Intestinal Parasites. Microbiol Spectrum 4(4), PoH-0013-2015
Maicher, C., Hoffmann, A., Côté, N.M.L., Palomo Pérez, A.P., Saña Segui, M. and Le Bailly, M. (2017) Paleoparasitological investigations on the Neolithic lakeside settlement of La Draga (Lake Banyoles, Spain). The Holocene 27(11), 1659–1668

Description: Egg shell, length = 64.68 ± 5.3 μm; Width = 53.34 ± 2.9 μm

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: In samples from archaeological sites

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Ascaris lumbricoides and Ascaris suum (human and pig parasite, respectively) are intestinal roundworms. Infections with these parasites are more common where sanitation is poor. Ascaris suum is a large roundworm of pigs; The eggs are ingested through contaminated food and water (Florenzano et al., 2012).

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information