My research involves looking into the development and growth of enamel in deciduous teeth of juvenile individuals from time periods spanning the last 2000 years of human history. I will be analysing remains from multiple archaeological excavations, notably those from the Roman, Early Medieval and Late Medieval periods, alongside clinical modern samples. I am focusing on the developmental period of enamel between birth and the age of 6 years, and isolating the first and second deciduous molar, the earliest developing teeth within the jaw.
My analysis will involve producing a number of longitudinal histological cross-sections of these teeth, in order to assess the developmental patterns of enamel which existed within each of my isolated time periods. I will then compare data from each period in order to identify any variation which exists therein. This research is unique in that it isolates recent human history, a time which is highly underresearched in regards to variations in dental development, as well as being unusual in its inclusion of clinical samples of human dentition.