Dr Chris Deter
Lecturer in Biological Anthropology
Ancient Human Dietary Reconstruction, Human Osteology, Dental Anthropology, Stable Isotope Analysis, Palaeopathology
- - C.A.Deter@kent.ac.uk
- - 01227 (82)7927 & 3982
School Roles and Responsibilities
I received my PhD from UCL, in Biological Anthropology (2005). I also hold an MSc from the University of Sheffield in Osteology, Palaeopatholgy, and Funerary Archaeology (1999) and a BS in Archaeology from Kansas State University (1996). I have participated in several archaeological fieldwork projects throughout my academic career in the United States, Namibia, Israel, Nicaragua, Belize and Greece.back to top
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I am convener on:
- SE566: Human Osteology
I teach on:
- SE533: Project in Anthropological Science
- SE302: Foundations of Biological Anthropology
- SE308: Skills for Anthropology and Conservation
My research focuses on dietary reconstruction of ancient human populations. Currently I am working on reconstructing diet during the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods in Kent using chemical signatures retained in bones, known as stable isotopes. I use stable isotopes combined with dental wear and pathology to investigate population social hierarchy, sexual differences within the community and weaning dietary changes in medieval children.
I am also interested in funerary practices in ancient populations. I explore differences between social structure, biological sex, age at death, burial placement and location within the cemetery.
Some of my previous research investigated the change in pale diets of North American and Near Eastern hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists, looking at how different environments affected the rate at which teeth wear. I also looked at how tooth wear can give insight on the eruption sequence and timing of dentition.back to top
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the fields of human Osteology and dietary reconstruction.
- PhD. Christopher Aris: Enamel growth variation in modern history and its impact on ageing juvenile skeletal remains
- PhD. Rosie Pitfield: Microscopic markers of biorhythms in human juvenile hard tissue (secondary supervisor)
I am the manager of KORA, Kent Osteological Research and Analysis unit, which is based in the School of Anthropology and Conservation. This unit offer commercial osteological services to a range of public sectors, and works closely with the regional archaeological units, especially Canterbury Archaeological Trust, The Trust for Thanet Archaeology, and SWALE.back to top