by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a tooth scanned by Dr. Kristina Killgrove of the University of West Florida (UWF) in her Virtebra Virtual Bones and Artifacts Lab. The digital model was edited by UWF graduate student and VCL @ VCU alumnus Mariana Zechini, who provided the digital model for the animation. This animation was created by VCL @ VCU alumnus and Digital Curation Supervisor Lauren Volkers in the VCL.
The tooth is from a young woman who was in her 20s and who was buried around A.D. 1285. She was excavated at the Petriplatz site in Berlin, Germany, under the direction of Claudia Melisch from 2007 to 2010. Research through the Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory at the University of North Carolina shows that the young woman was likely from west-central Germany. A digital model downloaded from the UWF GitHUB portal was printed in the VCL. Mariana Zechini has recently written about this tooth.