Science Colloquium

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:30pm

Location: 1180 Postle Hall

The Medieval Woman with Lapis Lazuli in her Dental Calculus: An Interdisciplinary Detective Story

Presented by: Alison Beach, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History
The Ohio State University

Talk synopsis: In a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, an international team of researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of York shed new light on medieval life with a surprising discovery— lapis lazuli pigment embedded in the calcified dental plaque of a middle-aged woman buried at a women’s religious community in Germany around 1100 AD. Ohio State professor Alison I. Beach was the historian on the team. In her presentation, Beach will offer a look into both the science and the historical context of this discovery.

Continuing Dental Education credit available. Light refreshments provided.

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