University of York
Anita is an archaeological scientist, with specialism in the study of plant microfossils. She has recently developed new techniques for the study of dental calculus. Her PhD was on diet and living conditions as shown by human dental calculus, focusing on medieval leicester as a case study. The study targeted diet and urban environment and their changes from the early to post-medieval periods in Leicester and the Leicestershire countryside, using micro-debris entrapped in Human Dental Calculus. I tested the potential of such "deposits" to provide new insights into living conditions, food production, consumption and trade in the town and its surroundings and how they have changed through the medieval period. For the project, she will be assisting and advising on the analysis of dental calculus.