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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Professor Charlotte Roberts

Mant, M. & Roberts, C.A. (2015). Diet and dental caries in post-medieval London. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19(1): 188-207.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper explores the dentition of individuals excavated from two post-medieval London cemeteries. Individuals from Chelsea Old Church, a middle-class group, and St. Bride’s lower churchyard, a working-class group, were selected and studied. The relative dental status of each group was explored by determining the prevalence of individuals and teeth affected by dental caries. The overall dental status of both class groups was found to be poor; diet was the most likely causative factor. Access to cariogenic foods such as sugar and refined flour likely affected individuals’ dental status regardless of their social class.