CSAPS - Center of Anthropological, Paleopathological and Historical Studies of the Sardinian and Mediterranean Populations
The Centre has been created in 2014 within the Department of Biomedical Sciences by a pool of co-founding partners with expertise in several research areas: Physical anthropology, Paleopathology, Osteoarchaeology, Dental anthropology, Anatomy, Molecular biology, Ancient DNA, Genetics, Medical History, Archaeology, Forensic Medicine, Paleobotany and Zooarchaeology .
The aim of the Centre is to contribute to the advancement of the emerging field of Bioarchaeology, a new discipline blending anthropology and archaeology to study the past civilizations.
To that end, it promotes and coordinates research on health conditions and life style of the ancient Sardinian and Mediterranean populations, using the most modern biomedical technology, along with the traditional archaeological and historical investigations.
The Centre also aims to raise awareness for the preservation and protection of direct materials sources such as human remains, skeletal and mummified, and indirect sources, such as archival and literary records and documents.
Adhere to CSAPS scholars of various Italian and Foreign Universities (Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University, Ohio, USA; Ancient DNA Center at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo).
The Centre has working relationship with Superintendents for Architectural and Landscape Heritage, Diocesan Office for the Cultural heritage (Sassari), and offers scientific counseling to some municipalities.
Since 2014 the Centre has carried out important researches on Malaria and Leishmaniosis in ancient, Roman and Medieval Sardinia and on living conditions and diseases in Sardinian women through archaeological, paleonutritional and paleopathological studies (12th -18th centuries).
The Centre has realized conferences, seminars, workshops and congresses.