3D scanning used to study medieval teeth

Researchers from around the world may benefit from a study of the molars of 22 individuals unearthed during excavation of Periplatz cemetery in Berlin. The remains, dating from between 1200 to c.1600 CE, were analyzed using "3D printing technology to complement strontium isotope analysis in order to better understand the ancient residents of Berlin."

The report, published in 3Dprint, Archaeologists Use 3D Printed Molars of Ancient Citizens to Point Toward ‘Where Berlin Began’ by Bridget Butler Millsaps, discusses how the  archaeological team sent the teeth to bioarchaeologist Dr. Kristina Killgrove at Virtebra, the Virtual Bones and Artifacts Lab at the University of West Florida to study the diet and migration patterns of the ancient citizens of Berlin.

The 3D teeth allowed Killgrove and others to study the teeth long after the originals had been returned to Germany. She plans to keep the printed teeth for future research.

The report is available to read by clicking below.