TitleBreaking Down Disciplinary Borders: Connecting Historical and Archaeological Research, III - Medieval Dental Calculus, A Treasure Trove of Information
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
OrganiserClaire Burridge, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/ChairAlison I. Beach, School of History, University of St Andrews
Paper 716-a Dental Calculus as a Window on Medieval Urban Religion: An Interdisciplinary Study of Leicester's Augustinian Friary
(Language: English)
Anita Radini, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Religious Life
Paper 716-b Health and Healing Remedies in Medieval Leprosaria: The Contribution of Dental Calculus Analysis
(Language: English)
Elena Fiorin, Dipartimento di Scienze odontostomatologiche e maxillo facciali, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Medicine
Paper 716-c Dental Calculus as a Proxy for Oral Health in Medieval Danes
(Language: English)
Liam Lanigan, GLOBE Institute, Københavns Universitet
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Medicine
AbstractAnalyses of dental calculus (mineralised dental plaque) are revolutionising the ways we can study past populations. The proposed session showcases new research involving the latest analytical methods, from light microscopy to palaeoproteomic and genomic techniques. Each paper addresses a different topic in the field, highlighting the ways in which dental calculus analysis can contribute to our understanding of oral health, medical practices, and monastic lifeways. Taken collectively, the papers demonstrate that this substance provides an unrivalled and, until recently, largely untapped resource for exploring the health and lived experiences of medieval individuals, and especially those unrecorded by the texts.