SAFS welcomes a new PhD Student


The School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences welcomes a new PhD student this month. Marie Weale is beginning her study of evidence for Vitamin D deficiency in archaeological human remains. This can be detected using the human skeleton by looking for poorly mineralised bone which is identified as the disease of rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Although the primary reason for this deficiency is lack of sunlight, other factors such as diet can play a role in its manifestations. Both diseases are found across the world in both modern and archaeological skeletal remains. This research looks at the effects of diet and sunlight exposure on the prevalence rates of vitamin D deficiency in archaeological populations.
We wish her every success with her studies.

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