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      Probable hepatic capillariosis and hydatidosis in an adolescent from the late Roman period buried in Amiens (France) Translated title: Capillariose et hydatidose hépatiques probables chez un adolescent du bas Empire inhumé à Amiens (France)

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          Two calcified objects recovered from a 3rd to 4th-century grave of an adolescent in Amiens (Northern France) were identified as probable hydatid cysts. By using thin-section petrographic techniques, probable Calodium hepaticum (syn. Capillaria hepatica) eggs were identified in the wall of the cysts. Human hepatic capillariosis has not been reported from archaeological material so far, but could be expected given the poor level of environmental hygiene prevalent in this period. Identification of tissue-dwelling parasites such as C. hepaticum in archaeological remains is particularly dependent on preservation conditions and taphonomic changes and should be interpreted with caution due to morphological similarities with Trichuris sp. eggs.

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          Deux objets calcifiés découverts dans la tombe d’un adolescent du 3 ème-4 ème siècle à Amiens (France) ont été identifiés comme des kystes hydatiques probables. En utilisant des techniques pétrographiques, des œufs de Calodium hepaticum (syn. Capillaria hepatica) ont été identifiés dans la paroi de ces kystes. La capillariose hépatique n’a jamais été rapportée de restes archéologiques mais n’est pas inattendue compte tenu du bas niveau d’hygiène de cette époque. L’identification de parasites tissulaires comme C. hepaticum dans des vestiges archéologiques est particulièrement dépendante des conditions de conservation et de changements taphonomiques et doit être interprétée avec circonspection en raison des similitudes morphologiques de ces œufs avec ceux du trichocéphale ( Trichuris sp.).

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                EDP Sciences
                28 February 2014
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                [1 ] Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences PO Box 6446 Tehran 14155 Iran
                [2 ] PACEA, UMR 5199, Anthropologie des Populations Passées et Présentes, Université de Bordeaux Bâtiment B8, Allée Geoffroy St Hilaire, CS 50023 33615 Pessac Cedex France
                [3 ] Service de Parasitologie-Mycologie, Hôpital Cochin Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Université Paris Descartes 27 Faubourg St Jacques 75014 Paris France
                [4 ] Research Center for Hydatid Disease in Iran, Kerman University of Medical Sciences Kerman 76169-14111 Iran
                [5 ] Department of Parasitology, Pasteur Institute of Iran 69 Pasteur Avenue Tehran 13169-43551 Iran
                [6 ] Center for Research of Endemic Parasites of Iran (CREPI), Tehran University of Medical Sciences PO Box 6446 Tehran 14155 Iran
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                [* ]Corresponding author: jean.dupouy-camet@ 123456cch.aphp.fr
                parasite130094 10.1051/parasite/2014010
                © G. Mowlavi et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2014

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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