15. Diet and Dental Health through the Life Course in Roman Italy

  1. Sabrina C. Agarwal B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.2 and
  2. Bonnie A. Glencross B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.3
  1. Tracy L. Prowse

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch15

Social Bioarchaeology

Social Bioarchaeology

How to Cite

Prowse, T. L. (2011) Diet and Dental Health through the Life Course in Roman Italy, in Social Bioarchaeology (eds S. C. Agarwal and B. A. Glencross), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California Berkeley, USA

  2. 3

    Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Lynn Meskell and
  2. Rosemary A. Joyce

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191876

Online ISBN: 9781444390537



  • diet and dental health - through the life course in Roman Italy;
  • life course perspective, connections between events - and lifetime of individual;
  • diet and dental health, in Roman Imperial - skeletal samples from Isola Sacra, Italy;
  • life course approaches to aging - ancient world, aging affected by individual's status in society;
  • stages of the life course in antiquity - described by ancient writers as the “ages of man”;
  • stable isotopes and diet - material in isotopic analysis of past human diet, being the bone;
  • nitrogen isotopes, timing and pattern of weaning - past human populations, observed trophic level effect;
  • ante-mortem tooth loss (AMTL);
  • prevalence of abscesses - by age and sex category;
  • isotopic evidence of pattern of breastfeeding - weaning, transitional feeding practices in samples from the Roman period


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Isola Sacra Skeletal Sample

  • Stable Isotopes and Diet

  • Diet and Dental Pathology

  • Infant and Childhood Diet

  • Diet into Adulthood and Through the Aging Process

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • Notes

  • References