Workshop in Musculoskeletal Stress Markers (MSM)



Website Workshop in MSM - July 2-3, 2009After the Workshop in MSM

Dear colleague,

On behalf of the Research Centre for Anthropology and Health we would like to invite you to participate in the Workshop in Musculoskeletal Stress Markers (MSM): limitations and achievements in the reconstruction of past activity patterns to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, July 2-3, 2009.

Within the framework of MSM studies, this Workshop aims to contribute to the overall discussion of the effectiveness of enthesopathies as well as the underlying methodologies and terminology.

The Workshop is organized in the following sessions: methodologies, application of MSM on identified skeletal collections and on archaeological populations and other contributes to MSM developments. Each session will start with a keynote lecture.

The Workshop will conclude with a plenary discussion session to exchange perspectives on MSM approach, namely their reliability, and to promote new research avenues.

We look forward to welcome you at the “Students City”.

Meeting Programme-Abstract Book


Further information

Workshop in Musculoskeletal Stress Markers

Departamento de Ciências da Vida

Universidade de Coimbra

3000-056 Coimbra, Portugal



Sponsored by


CIAS – Research Centre for Anthropology and Health

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With the support of

Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra

Museum of Anthropology, University of Coimbra

Grupo de Estudos em Evolução Humana, GEEvH



Seventy five researchers from 21 countries were present at the MSM Workshop.

The countries represented included:

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

The workshop didn’t finish on July 3rd, 2009


Workshop balance

The Coimbra Workshop in Musculoskeletal Stress Markers (MSM): an annotated review
Ana Luísa Santos, Francisca Alves-Cardoso, Sandra Assis, Sébastien Villotte


Workshop presentations:



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Workshop Program – Abstract Book

Program – Abstract Book download

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MSM Working Groups:

A. Methods

Charlotte HENDERSON, Cynthia WILCZAK, (Doris PANY-KUCERA until 2016), Sébastien VILLOTTE, Valentina MARIOTTI

B. Terminology

Robert JURMAIN, Sébastien VILLOTTE

  • Download available (click here): Terminology. Entheses in medical literature and physical anthropology: a brief review

C. Occupation

Francisca ALVES CARDOSO, Geneviève Perréard LOPRENO, Marco MILELLA, Nivien SPEITH, Sandra ASSIS