Julia Beaumont is our second speaker of the workshop and will present the session “Diet and mortality crisis”
For 30 years Julia practised as a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics, and studied part-time at the University of Bradford achieving an MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology, and a PhD in Archaeological Sciences under the supervision of Dr Janet Montgomery. Her area of interest is in the diet of children, specializing in improving the temporal resolution for isotopic analysis of dentine. Since her first appointment as a lecturer at Bradford in 2013, she has been focusing on the earliest periods of life by analysing deciduous teeth from both archaeological and modern children.
You can see her profile here: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/life-sciences/arch-sci/our-staff/julia-beaumont.php

Title of the talk: Diet and mortality: Famine feast and fertility

In this talk, she will discuss the current clinical interest in the developmental origins of adult disease (DOHAD) and how the analysis of diet in the dentine of deciduous teeth (both archaeological and modern) may enable us to estimate maternal and child health in the past, and the effects on adult health.
A few publications relevant to Dr. Beaumont’s presentation are listed below:
Beaumont, J. & Montgomery, J. (2015) Oral histories: a simple method of assigning chronological age to isotopic values from human dentine collagen. Annals of Human Biology.
Beaumont J, Montgomery J, Buckberry J, and Jay M. 2015. Infant mortality and isotopic complexity: New approaches to stress, maternal health, and weaning. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Beaumont, J., Geber, J., Powers, N., Lee-Thorp, J. and Montgomery, J. 2013 Victims and Survivors: identifying survivors of the Great Famine in 19th century London using carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150(1): 87-98.
Beaumont J, and Montgomery J. 2013. Using stable isotope analysis to identify Irish migrants in the Catholic Mission of St Mary and St Michael, Whitechapel. Miles, A and Bowsher, D ‘He being dead yet speaketh’ Excavations at three post-medieval burial grounds in Tower Hamlets, East London, 2004–08, MOLA Monograph. London: MOLA