Plant Macro/Micro Remains

Dental calculus can trap a wide range of particles (micro-débris) coming from either food and beverages ingested, or activities we carry out, for examples using our mouth “as a third hand”, or from the environment surrounding us (e.g. the air we breathe).

ArchaeoBiomics collaborates with Anita Radini, the pioneer of dental calculus analysis, in order to start developing this approach for northwestern Italy. This is important, because each geographical area has different vegetation, but also different traditions (cuisine and crafts). We are developing a reference collection of microdébris that is relevant to our work in Italy, particularly in the Alps and in other upland areas.