University of York
Elena is an osteoarchaeologist interested in the reconstruction of human profiles through the analysis of skeletal remains. Her research focus on palaeopathology, palaeodemography, dental anthropology, and dental calculus analysis. She obtained a master in Archaeology at the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). During her doctoral research she started to analyse the dental calculus driven by her interest in diet, health and daily activities of past populations. Thanks to the potential of this innovative method it was possible to identify species that were used as medicinal plants in medieval Europe. Her role in the project is to analyse the micro-remains entrapped within the mineralised dental plaque through polarised light microscopy.